Weight Loss Is Just Counting Calories And Some Exercise – Isn’t It?

Scary statistics, the obestity and overweight statistics of western society. Ever had a look at the statistics from your own country? It’s terrible, even our kids are adversely affected. Some statistics are showing that two thirds of some populations are overweight, with as much as one third being obese.

How can we let ourselves fall to such a level? Look at our sedentary lifestyles, the addiction to internet and television. Where will we end up in 20 years? Quite frankly, it’s depressing. No wonder mental health is deteriorating.

 

How are you sabotaging yourself?

To change our low levels of health, awareness of how we are sabotaging ourselves is essential. We all have particular and unique ways that we accomplish this task. Once we uncover how we are doing this we can change those particular behaviours.

What is stopping you from eating healthier?

What is stopping you from exercising?

What excuses are you telling yourself?

Who or what are you blaming?

What are you going to do to change these things?

 

How can you improve your diet?

Nobody enjoys having to start something they don’t want to do. But in what ways could you start to change your diet?

You don’t have to go cold turkey and change everything at once. Start slowly and implement at your discretion. Just removing soda will reduce sugar consumption dramatically, which is a major problem. The addiction to sugar and fast foods is a major reason for the statistics. By removing the worst things from your diet slowly and surely is the best way to continue long term.

 

It’s about being healthy.

What’s the end goal? To lose weight or be healthy? Hopefully you said healthy. The long term goal is to become more healthy by creating good habits around diet and exercise. Losing weight will not help you if you still maintain your unhealthy ways. So focus on how to be more healthy, and as a result lose the weight that you are seeking to.

 

Step by step.

By trying to change everything at once, trying to give up all the bad habits cold turkey, won’t work. You will be overwhelmed. Too much too quickly. Set yourself up to win, not fail and become depressed over nothing happening. Start slowly and start small. By changing in this way, step by step, your chance of success will be greater. With goals set, plans written up and deadlines set, you will improve your efforts dramatically. But only, step by step, by starting slow, by starting small. Let your small successes build and let the confidence in your abilities soar as you then push on to bigger and harder challenges.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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Weight Loss 8 Proven Tips

Have you heard the story, that if you go on a diet and lose weight, that you will put the weight back on after you finish the diet. All too often.

Why? That is a good question. Why does it happen?

Experts all agree with this statement. Why? Because, to effectively lose weight, you need to change your lifestyle. What? You need to forget about 12 weeks, but think more realistically about this is a change that is happening for life?

Only long term dedicated action changes your situation.

Put another way:  How long did it take you to get to this condition? Well that’s how long it will take for your body to learn to be thinner, healthier, stronger and fitter.

A habit is formed at 21 days of consecutive practice. The habit starts to become automatic after 66 days of consecutive practice. Wow, all I have to do is practice the behaviours I want for 66 days and I won’t have to worry about them ever again. No! How long have you been performing these bad habits. Yes, a lot longer than 66 days. What about those day when things just don’t go as planned?

  1. Don’t skip breakfast, otherwise you may be setting yourself up to binge later in the day. Set yourself up to win by starting the day on a good note.

 

  1. Don’t eat 2 hours before bedtime. Digestion takes time to perform. Digestion interrupts sleep and the recovery that happens during sleep.

 

  1. Perform 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times per week. 5 – 6 times per week is optimal, with 1 day off for recovery.

 

  1. Substitute healthier options. Such as carob for chocolate, honey for sugar or vegetables or fruit as snacks.

 

  1. Avoid processed foods. Anything that can’t be found in nature as it is or very close, should be avoided at all cost. The world is becoming more and more educated as to the risks of fast foods (processed foods).

 

  1. Don’t snack in front of the TV. To eat a meal is acceptable, but snacking while unconsciously watching TV is a serious problem with people who overeat.

 

  1. Substitute fruit for unhealthy candy, cake or cookies.

 

  1. Drink more water. Drink a tall glass on raising in the morning. Drink when you feel hungry during the day, wait 20 minutes and evaluate hunger again. Try to drink more water throughout the day.

There is only one reason why you can’t lose weight. YOU! Take charge of yourself and command yourself to lose the weight. Support yourself by being more tolerant and patient in your self talk, or the way you talk to yourself.

You can do this, you can lose weight.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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10 Weightloss Truths You Have To Come To Terms With

  1. You are who you are:

You can’t change who you are. That is to say, you can’t be 6 ft tall if you’re only 5 ft tall. Some things you can’t change, many things you can, but some you can’t. That’s life. You have to live with you are. You can’t be somebody else. So concentrate on the things you can do something about.

  1. You might end up heavier:

Yes. I’ll say it again, yes. Muscle is heavier than fat. If you improve your fitness and strength, your muscular composition will also improve. Fact. Yes, with concentrated focused effort you will lose fat, but you will also gain muscle. So you might become heavier in the process. Is this a bad thing. No, are you healthier? Do you fit clothes better? Damn, yes to both those questions.

  1. Once won’t make you fit:

Fitness is a health habit that is continuous and ongoing. It is not a once off effort or done once a year in January. Your fitness training has to be a habit, performed and maintained at least 3 times per week. Your efforts pay off over time with an increase in fitness and performance.

  1. Effort required:

What effort? Why? I know, who would have thought? Seriously though, anything worth achieving requires dedication, commitment, sweat equity. “Effort”.  Plan it, schedule it and actually do it. Yep, turn up and do it, each and every time. Making excuses, won’t work and neither will blaming someone or circumstances. Don’t put it off, get started however you can.

  1. Weightloss won’t happen by tomorrow:

You didn’t gain the wait overnight and you won’t lose it all before waking up tomorrow. Weightloss is a journey. The process will start slowly and increase overtime. Keep records of what activities you have performed and the results to follow. With analysis of your records you will find what is working and what is not. Streamline and tailor your efforts as is necessary.

  1. Spot reduction is a lie:

Don’t fall into the trap of believing ‘spot reduction’. You can’t do sit ups to reduce a fat belly. You can however train your whole body and improve your whole body in the process. You are at the mercy of your genetics when it comes to removing the fat from your body, the same way as when it goes on. Train the whole body.

  1. Proper nutrition:

You have to see yourself as a race machine, you wouldn’t put manure into a race car would you? No! So don’t put processed foods into your body. Am I stating that you need to paying for only the most expensive foods available, NO! What I am saying is, healthy, nutritious, naturally available foods are best.

  1. Exercise:

Yes, you need to exercise. Dieting alone can reduce the fat off your body. But how quickly? The best way is a combination of exercise and diet. Exercise should include cardiovascular exercise and strength training. Yes both, the ideal is to fit, strong and healthy. Find something that you like to do, or do it with someone, or find something to do at the same time.

  1. Quick fixes don’t exist:

Forget the scams, the miracles and all the TV advertisements. Learn the fundamentals of weightloss, nutrition, exercise and strength training. You don’t anything more than that. You don’t need the fads or what’s new out there. Learn the basics and apply them. That is what is more likely to work in the long run.

  1. Lifelong commitment:

Yes I said ‘lifelong’. This is for life, not this week, or a month. Form the habit and train for life. Set goals, go after them and achieve them. No secrets, just dedication week in week out. You can do this start slowly and small and build.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

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16 Easy Ways To Lose Weight – Part 2

  1. Treats:

Reward yourself for the efforts you’ve achieved. Set a date a specific item/s that will be your treat. Maybe it’s a Friday night meal. That’s what I do, and then the rest of the week stick to the diet.

  1. Portions:

Portion control needs to be implemented if you’re a chronic overeater. Many people could lose weight just by cutting down the portion size of the food they were eating. It needs to be relative to your size and activity levels.

  1. Water:

Drink more water. Yep, pretty easy. Start the day with a tall glass of water or 2. Keep hydrated throughout the day. Many times people eat when really they are dehydrated. Next time you feel hungry, get a glass of water and wait 30 minutes and see how you feel then.

  1. Finishing Everything:

You don’t have to finish everything on your plate, if you feel satisfied with what you have eaten, STOP. Overeating is major problem today because we don’t control portion size and don’t stop once satisfied. Slow down and pay attention to the feeling of being full.

  1. Eat More Or Less:

Many diets now support the idea of eating multiple times, 5 – 6 times per day. This is good in theory but some times does not fit our situation. For myself I like to have 2 main meals with maybe 1 – 2 healthy snacks. This just what I found works best for me in my personal situation. Your situation will be different. Work out what best fits your situation.

  1. Keep Records:

Keep records of your diet and exercise. This will high light things you should not be doing, things you aren’t doing, and may reveal things that weren’t otherwise apparent to you. As time goes by you can use these records to evaluate your progress against the methods you are using.

  1. Fad Diets:

As it states “FAD”. Yes, here today, gone tomorrow. Why? Everyone loves something new. Something with hype behind it. Forget them. Don’t waste your time. They have principle why they work. And that is what you should pay attention to. For me it’s easy, NO PROCESSED PRODUCTS, is the guiding principle. Simple really.

  1. Habits:

A routine of behaviour that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habit)

Habits are said to run most of our behaviours, yes the good and the bad, research argues between 60 – 98%. 60% is still most of our behaviour. The focus of course would be on creating “good habits”. To form a habit requires practice of the behaviour for a minimum of 21 days consecutively. Research also indicates that a minimum of 66 days consecutive practice is required for the habit to become automatic.

Find part 1 here.

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.

Thanks for reading,

William…

“Live Life!”

If you enjoyed this post, or wanted to ask a question, drop me a line I’d love to hear from you. Click here to change your life for the better.

16 Easy Ways To Lose Weight – Part 1

  1. One Step At A Time:

Don’t rush into things. People are generally to quick to rush into things because of impatience, and when something doesn’t work out for them, get disappointed and quit. STOP. This is exactly what not to do. Realise it and be conscious of it, and you won’t make the same mistake. Slow down take the process step by step and you will win the race. Start small to begin with and build the habit. When it is effortless the process will take care of itself and you can extend your efforts.

  1. Accountability Partner:

Find someone to keep you in check. A Mum or Dad figure, teacher figure. Someone you have to report to, who will check up on you. Pick someone who will be honest with you. Yeah don’t pick your best friend or your significant other who will be afraid to upset you.

  1. No Processed Foods:

Yep, that’s right nothing processed. No sugar, pasta, bread, soda, alcohol etc… etc…  If you can’t find it nature as it is or very close forget it.

  1. Cardiovascular Exercise:

Cycling, running, swimming, skipping, punching a boxing bag etc… etc… Yep, get out there at an intensity that will make you really breathe and sweat. If these aren’t happening your just kidding yourself. At least 30 minutes, 3 to 4 sessions a week.

  1. Strength Training:

Weights? Well some sought of strength training. Could be just good old fashioned calisthenics like push ups, sit ups, pull ups (modified to suit), squats etc… Hit a gym, workout at home, or down the park. Combining strength training with cardiovascular training will exponentially help. If your unsure get some guidance.

  1. Goals:

You have to know where you’re going, what you’re achieving, just like why you’re doing this. Your goals need to be specific, and have a deadline, that is, a time frame to achieve it by.

  1. Breakfast:

To many people skip a proper breakfast then by mid-morning binge on junk that is terrible for them. Set yourself up to win, by having something prepared and ready to go. Some people don’t like to eat first thing in the morning, and that is OK, so have a mid-morning light breakfast of healthy alternatives, like fruit or vegetables. Something that isn’t just empty calories and completely unhealthy.

  1. Grocery List:

Pre-plan your diet and purchase ahead of time, like once or twice a week. For some people this won’t work because of their particular situation. That’s how life is. So improvise. Plan ahead for healthier alternatives to the fast food lane or the corner store deep fried junk food.

Find Part 2 here.

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.

Thanks for reading,

William…

“Live Life!”

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Methods Of Weightloss – Part 1

Why is it so hard?

Why is it so complicated?

Read this article, do this, read that article, do the complete opposite. It all sucks. It’s confusing and it mostly it just wastes your time.

Why is it so hard to find good, useful advice that people can use to lose weight???

To me it’s pretty simple. DIET, EXERCISE & MINDSET.

 

? What! Can’t be that simple?

Or is it?

 

DIET:

Forget the fads and the hype. DIET to me, just means what you eat day in, day out. Not some 6 – 12 week soul crushing experience that would put a professional fighter to shame. No!

As the ‘KISS’ principle states (Keep It Simple Stupid), lets keep things simple.

Simple? What do you mean by simple, I hear you say. OK I’ll try my best to explain.

 

No processed products. What is a processed product? Easy, ask this question: Can you find it in nature as it is or very close?  If the answer is no, then it is a processed product. Simple.

Can you find sugar on the forest floor?

Can you dig bread up out of the ground?

Can you find pasta growing on trees?

No, no and no, Why? Because their processed foods and products.

So stick to natural foods as much as possible. You don’t need to follow a specified or special diet, just start with healthy natural foods.

Is it that easy? No. Quantity matters too. If you eat too much or too little, this will affect you. If you eat too much of one thing or a few things, that will lead to problems too.

So what are you trying to say? Eat a balanced diet including: vegetables, legumes, fruit, meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, milk, etc…

But I’m alergic to this or that: “Don’t eat it if your alergic to it!”

But I don’t like to eat those foods, where is the chocolate, alcohol, soda, bread, pasta, meat pies and pizza.

Well, I refer you back to the above question:  Can you find it in nature as it is or very close?

 

Maybe you need to reflect on your reasons for eating these foods, really reflect on  the issue.

Take some time to further reflect on why you want to lose weight.

Why do you want to lose weight?  Really why?

What health concerns do you have?

You wouldn’t be here reading this if you weren’t concerned for you health.

We all get lazy, we all get apathetic to life and our situation, and look forward to a binge of whatever you like.

 

Me, I love pizza and cola on a Friday night hanging out with friends, after a big week of work and training.

But come Saturday morning, and I’m feeling not the best, I know why and what I’ve done to myself.

I’ve poisoned myself, and my body is hating me for it. So back on the bandwagon, with fasting and fluids, to recover.

Does this make me stupid, yeah maybe, I’m no vegetarian, I’m no strict dietarian.

I know my body runs best, with good food, so for the most part I eat healthy, or as healthy as I can.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.

Thanks for reading,

William…

“Live Life!”

 

In Part 2, I will go on to talk about exercise.

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