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There are plenty of people who want to lose weight, but they just don't know how to go about doing it. Perhaps the best way to start is to examine our daily routine and look at what parts can be changed. Now, no matter how cram packed your days may be, you are always capable of changing something. The things to really take account of, as you already know, are diet and exercise. What you can eat is determined by how much you exercise. Are you active or sedentary? What kinds of food do you eat? Are they processed foods or organic foods? There are plenty of ways to change the simple choices you make each day, so lets take a look at how we can do that.

The first thing to look at is what do you do all day? Only you know where all those calories are going. If we don't burn off those calories by doing something, anything, then they will just pile up and accumulate fat. Now you might say to me, hey, I don't eat much as it is. I only eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Maybe a snack once in a while. Well, that may be fine and maybe you aren't losing the weight you want, and maybe you aren't gaining weight either. The problem is likely you are sedentary. Even if you take in you recommended daily allowance of calories, those calories aren't going anywhere. Even if you claim you are eating healthy foods, those foods are only healthy because they add energies that are to be applied to exercise or being active. If you don't do anything, anything you eat, no matter how healthy it is, will just be stored as fat. That's why you aren't losing weight. So merely eating healthy isn't enough.

You could try eating less of what you are eating now, as roughly 3500 calories is about a pound of fat. You could do the math and figure out how many calories you would have to subtract from your diet each day, but that's not healthy nor recommended. What you want to do is be more active. Any activity is better than no activity. All you have to do is find something you like doing. Exercise can sound like a paradox because it seems only active people enjoy sports and excerising, whereas sedentary people would prefer trying to diet and keeping a sedentary lifestyle. You basically want to shoot for the in-between, as exercise, rest, and proper nutrition are all necessary for keeping a healthy lifestyle. 

If your biggest problem is not getting enough exercise or being active enough, then perhaps it's time to readjust our our lifestyle. There are many ways to go about this. The first thing is to decide, what do you like? What do you enjoy? Take all the things you like to do and apply them in an active setting. If you like shopping online, why spend more time shopping outside. Walking around the mall, or anywhere is better than sitting at your desk at home. Your best bet is going to be joining a gym. Now many people have excuses not to go to the gym. The gym is too expensive. There are too many high school students there. Maybe you aren't comfortable exercising in public. Well, if you look around, you will eventually find something. 

Your options with gyms will usually be the same. If your lucky enough for your community to have a gym, then there you go. If you are looking for something cheap, then you can expect the average member to be 18 - 25. Looks like you have to pay to make the kids go away. You're best off not caring so much. Just bring your iPod, smart phone, or whatever, and listen to some music while you hit up a treadmill or lift weights. If you don't feel comfortable at first, you can just mind to yourself. Listen to some music that gets you pumped and just do it. You don't really need to care who else is there, because it's not a competition. You're only in competition with yourself, so don't let the old you prevent you from becoming the you that you want to be. That came out kind of funny, but you get it. 

If you find yourself in a position where it really is impossible to join a gym, then you just need to be creative and make due with what you've got. You can always buy weights from your local shops and lift weights while watching TV at home. For cardio, you basically want to be jogging. Something that gets your heart going. Walking is healthy, but you need more than that. The thing is, jogging outside of the gym is much more difficult. The machines there give you momentum, and really make it easier for you. What you may find easier though is jogging in place. It sounds kind of stupid, but actually it's no different than using a treadmill, only you can do it anywhere. 

For example, in your home, while you watch your favorite movie or TV show, or perhaps while playing your favorite video game. I don't know about you, but I find running more bearable when the person I'm watching on TV appears to be in more pain me. The key is you can do it anywhere. Most exercises can be done anywhere , and while doing anything. So if you want to be confined to your house, then by all means keep your TV on and your music blaring. No need to even leave your bed, because your exercise can be as simple as waking up and going back to sleep, many many times, nonstop. Some people call these sit-ups, but I say call them whatever makes them easier to do. If you want something done, then only you can do it. It can be as easy as you want it to be, and you don't have to do it the way that everybody else does. All you care about is the end result anyway, and enjoying what you do, even semi enjoying it, is good all the same if it gets you to where you want to be. So what are you weighing yourself for? Get up off the scale, turn on the TV, and get crackin'.