Thursday, August 26, 2010

Three simple tips to lose weight, you should use for sustainable results (plus bonus Tip)

Losing weight is easy. Keep is what is difficult for most people. This article shows three ways to lose weight. Remember to read all-Tip # 3 is particularly easy and rewarding, not to mention effective. You see, eating is not only a necessity but a habit. Habits may be good and it can be bad. What you can do about their bad habits is to invest the work in its favor. This is what I mean:
Tip #1: Get Used To Using Your Imagination
See that plate of cheese fries? Look good, don't they? What I want you to do now is imagine that a quarter of what's on your plate is not there.
Yes, I want you to pretend there's an empty spot on your plate. That spot does not get touched. Once you have gotten used to imagining that some of the food isn't there, try looking at the food and smile when you do.
The smile is because you've gotten used to eating less food and are pleased with yourself to see the food you've left behind. Smiling helps you to associate events with good feelings, which reinforces your resolve.
Tip #2: Flex Those Abs!
Hey, it's been a long time since I've seen my abs (I'm not that self- absorbed anymore), but visible or not, you can still flex those abdominals.
After decreasing your portions, a la Tip # 1, tighten your belly muscles (like you're doing a crunch or situp). Do you feel that ball of food in your stomach?
You now have no doubt that your belly is full- your mind will tell you all kinds of stories and will even have you salivating over having more food. Lucky you, you can now verify that you have plenty of food in your belly, especially seeing as your stomach is really only as big as your fist or so.
Tip #3: Give Yourself A Break!
But only if you deserve it. Take each day that you're able to stick with these simple steps and count it in your mind as a point toward being able to have a treat.
Let's say you are good for 3 out of 5 days. That's not good enough.
But 4 out of 5 days is good enough and you can, with a clear conscience, treat yourself while not making you let your belt out.
So say you have a rough day on Wednesday: give yourself a break and cheat on the food or dessert a little. Back to your routine on Thursday. No need to over- complicate this by giving yourself a hard time. If you mess up, adding emotion to it will only lead to more emotional eating.
Get back on the proverbial horse and do better next time. Life is too short not to enjoy it so don't be so hard on yourself.
Bonus Tip: Get Your Heart Pumping
It takes forever to burn calories on a treadmill or exercise bike (any aerobic equipment, really). But don't look at it that way. It's actually not a great way to look at what aerobic exercise.
It takes a while to burn the calories from one stress eating binge. Aerobic exercise is helpful in that it keeps your system revved up and your heart from simply supplying blood to body parts firmly planted in a chair for hours at a time.
Good luck! You won't need it, now that you have an easy to follow road map to success.

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