Obesity is a growing problem among people of all ages. We are so caught up in our busy lifestyles that we hardly have time to take care of ourselves. Children and adults are stuck on the computer screens that they hardly get out. Such lack of physical activity and also the bad eating habits have become the main causes of weight gain. Being obese can cause many chronic and serious illnesses as time passes. So now is the time to take a step forward towards losing weight.
Change your diet
It is vital that you keep track of your calories ensure cut some. A nutrition professional will most probably recommend you to cut about 500 to 700 cal per day. Choose more lean protein and non-starchy vegetables. Some lean proteins are poultry, eggs, seafood and lean beef. Non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, celery etc. have less carbohydrate. Always have one serving of fruit per day and also choose whole grains and foods higher in fiber. Limit your snacks, especially the chocolates, candies, fried chips, sugary drinks and sodas. Whenever you feel the need for a snack, have a fruit or a nutri bar. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water as it will help in keeping you full in between meals. Reduce fast food and make use of your skills from cooking classes that you can cook more meals at home.
Start working out
Your dietician will help you control your calorie intake but exercise is needed to burn those extra calories already in you. It is vital that you engage in some hard-core workouts at least 30 minutes a day. Find workout methods that you like; for example, you can go jogging, hiking, cycling, dancing, swimming or anything that makes you sweat. Incorporate physical activities into your daily lifestyle such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking a few blocks. If you are new to exercising, join a gym with a trainer. He will help you set your goals and plan your work out schedules accordingly.
It is easy to fall back into your old lifestyle and hence it is vital that you stay motivated throughout and ensure you continue your path. Track your progress and evaluate yourself, set realistic goals and don’t be afraid to take up a challenge. If you don’t want to go through this alone, find a diet and workout buddy so that you both can help each other in achieving your targets. Avoid being stressed and get enough sleep. Keeping your mind stress free is also vital and hence practice meditation, yoga, take a walk in nature or meet with some friends and stay happy always.