This is the last article in my series of articles about losing weight, so it’s time to bring the whole thing together and wind it up.
Assuming, in the worst case, that you’re currently locked into an unstable pattern of binge eating and crash diets, that you can’t seem to lose weight or control your appetite and don’t do any exercise, what I recommend you try is this:
- Figure out exactly why you want to lose weight.
- Read up a little on why your body stores fat and how this is affected by your metabolic rate, if you don’t already know that stuff. Also read up on healthy vs. unhealthy foods, and the difference between cardiovascular exercise and other kinds of exercise. Other exercise types are less useful for losing weight and may well drain your enthusiasm unnecessarily.
- Think about ways you can make losing weight easier for yourself, rather than facing difficult challenges head-on.
- Stabilise your eating habits by cutting out your crash diets and spreading your food intake more evenly over your day, keeping an honest food diary if necessary to gain a full overview of your own eating habits.
- Start exercising regularly, at least every other day.
- After a few weeks of exercising, cut out your sugar addiction if you have one.
- Once you’ve been exercising for a few weeks and have resolved any sugar addiction, then you can modify your diet, initially by switching from unhealthy foods to unhealthy ones, then gradually cutting down your overall quantity of food if you find you’re still not losing weight.
You can find more information about all of these things, including tips for fitting exercise into your life, in the links on my weight loss secrets page.
Following my strategy you’ll lose weight for the long term, not the short term, and you’ll adopt healthy habits in the process, bringing many other benefits to your life if you currently eat badly or take no exercise. You can safely lose weight losing these techniques at a rate of 1 Kg (2 pounds) per week, once you’ve done a few weeks’ preparation.
Rather than tackle difficult challenges head on, my strategy involves preparing the ground in such a way that things like exercising and resisting unhealthy food become a lot easier than if you tackled them immediately, head on.
That’s it for the weight loss stuff … I hope you find my ideas useful. They’ve worked for me, even though I used to practically live on chocolate and I dislike all sport; I reckon they can do the trick for you also.
Let me know how it goes!