Six Ways to Lose Weight
Visualize YourselfFind a reusable bulletin board and tack on photos, quotes, words, anything that will keep you motivated. Put it in a place you'll see it the most – you can even nail it on your bathroom wall.
Keep a Journal"In order to lose weight safely, an overweight individual first needs to take stock of the calories that he or she consumes each day," reports Suite101 writer Jennifer Wagaman. Get yourself a notebook and keep track of what you eat and drink. If you look back at it frequently, you'll notice which items need to be cut down.
Drink WaterPour some cold water into a bottle, bring it to work, keep it in the fridge and drink it all day. Why cold water? According to Angela Wilson, this helps you burn more calories. "[S]tudies have shown that it could help you lose an additional five pounds each year," says Wilson.
Be RealisticIf your goals are set too high, you'll be disappointed. So make sure you set short-term goals. For example, "A realistic goal is losing one to two pounds a week to stay healthy," explains Jennifer A. Linde, PhD.
Change Your RoutineIf you are regularly exercising, change your workout every month. Many people tend to get bored with their workouts and, as a result, they stop exercising. To make your routines fun, try adding swimming, karate or volleyball into the mix. Or try using various equipment such as a stability or medicine ball, incline bench or resistance band.
Eat OftenTry eating five or six small meals a day, which will prevent overeating at dinnertime and it will also get your metabolism running all day long. If you know you're not going to be home for awhile, pack some snacks on the go. Oatmeal is a great example – all you need to do is add hot water.
Overall, there are many aspects to losing weight. Visualize what you want to achieve through a poster, track down what you eat and drink cold water. Also, be realistic in your goals so that you can celebrate the small milestones. And don't forget to change your workout routine and eat often.