Have you gained weight this year? It's not too late to start taking control of your own body and start losing some of those excess pounds.
Another year has come around, and after all the celebration and feasting, you've probably gained some weight. Sure, it may only be a few pounds, but after a few years, that extra weight really starts to add up. So like many people often do, you've decided to make a resolution for this new year, to shed some of that excess weight and start taking a little more care of your body. In this article, I'm going to discuss how you can lose 10 pounds for this new year.
Now you may be wondering why you should only aim to lose 10 pounds instead of 20 pounds. The reason I chose 10 pounds is because it's a high enough number to make it a worthwhile goal, but not so high that it's unattainable. You don't want to lose your motivation after a few weeks because you've set your sights too high. Most people living an unhealthy lifestyle would benefit from losing 10 pounds or so of excess weight.
That being said, every person's body is different, so you should always try and tailor any weight loss goals to your own body. The American Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has a handy BMI calculator you can use to see what your optimum weight should be (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/). Depending on your optimum weight, you may want to adjust your goal to lose more or less weight.
If you want to lose more than 10-15 pounds though, you should consult a doctor to see how it might affect your health.
Elements of Successful Weight Loss
So now that you've decided to lose some weight, what do you need to do?
The first thing you need to do is to find or design a weight loss plan that is safe and sustainable. Every single weight loss plan in the world is generally designed to make you do one or both of these two things: eat less, and exercise more. It sounds simple, but if you do it the wrong way you can easily get demotivated, or face possible health risks.
Bear in mind that when trying to lose weight, the point is not necessarily to eat less food, but to consume fewer calories. I order to consume fewer calories, you will need to start looking at some way of controlling your food intake.
There are more diets out there than you can imagine, and picking the right one can be tough. However, there are some things you can look at to help determine if a diet is safe to follow. The most important condition is that the diet still allows you to get the necessary nutrients your body needs to function properly. Just because you're trying to consume fewer calories doesn't mean that you have to deprive your body of the nourishment it requires.
If you haven't been exercising at all, it can be easy to try and overcompensate by exercising too intensely when you first start out. This can lead to you burning out and giving up too quickly, or in some cases can cause injuries. You want to pick an exercise routine that presents some level of challenge to you, but you don't want to cough up your lung, break you leg, and drop dead from a heart attack after a week. While it's important that you give your body a workout, you also need to remember to give it time to rest and recover.
Try to pick or come up with a weight loss plan that includes both eating less and exercising more, as this will lead to the best results for your weight loss goal.
Be wary of any weight loss plans that claim to allow you to lose too much weight at once though. Moderation is key. Excessively rapid weight loss can be unsustainable and dangerous. A realistic goal to aim for is about 1 pound of weight loss per week.
Weight Loss Plans
Ultimately, you want to pick a weight loss plan that is not only safe and sustainable, but also enjoyable. With the plethora of weight loss methods available, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to find one that is right for you.
Here are a few articles on some diets and exercises to help you get started on customizing and choosing the right diets and exercise routines for you: