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Now is the time to lose any extra weight you’re carrying, boost your confidence in doing so, and even brighten your mood.  You may also prevent the risk of hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. To accomplish these objectives a healthier lifestyle should be your goal. Sometimes all it takes is a little reconditioning.  By giving up a few unnecessary habits you may gain a world of benefits.

To assist you with your endeavor, try these suggestions:

Add more protein, fruits and vegetables

Aim to include these in every meal. These foods offer a smart way to fill up without packing on unwanted calories, and they contain valuable nutrition for your body.

Have fun while you exercise      

The more you enjoy your workout routine, the more likely you are to stick with it.  Vary your workouts, and ask others to join you. Jog in the park one day, and go dancing with friends another. 

Treat yourself occasionally

Don’t be too tough on yourself.  Its okay to enjoy your favorite dessert or snack every once in a while. Indulging occasionally will help you stick to all the other healthy choices you’re making.

Keep a food diary

Tracking what you eat can help you understand your eating habits and where your calories are coming from. Studies have shown that people who jot down what and when they eat tend to lose more weight than those who don’t.

Drink plenty of water

Drinking at least eight glasses daily is not only good for your body, it’s also a great way to satisfy feelings of hunger without turning to unhealthy snacking and sugar based drinks with empty calories.

Set realistic goals

The expectation that you will lose all of the weight in six months is unrealistic. You didn’t put the weight on overnight so it won’t disappear overnight either. Set small goals which when met will encourage you to stick with it.

One of the most effective ways to lose weight is by maintaining a proper diet and engaging in a consistent exercise program. There are no weight loss secrets, machines with super powers, magic pills, products or supplements; just your determination to follow through with your goals. Make them realistic and have fun while you exercise.        

 

 





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