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5 Simple Steps To Build Healthy Habits To Lose Weight

Posted Dec 23 2008 4:00pm

Don’t wait until the new year to start your weight loss or other resolutions. I say, start it now! Don’t wait until the time is perfect, do realize that’s an excuse. Either you’ll do things to help you lose weight or not. But you think, “I want to enjoy the holidays and eat all the yummy food!” Well, You don’t have to go on a diet program to jump start your weight loss.

Here are 5 simple steps to build healthy habits to lose weight:

Step 1: Try adding positive habits before eliminating the bad habits.
At this point, don’t cut out soda pops and other unhealthy food yet. Start eating more of vegetables and fruits. We want this to become a habit. This will help your body to re-energize and get plenty of vitamins and minerals.

Step 2: Switch to an 8″ plate and eat less.
I used to eat like 2-3 big plates filled with food at one single meal. Now I’m only go for one plate.

Step 3: Learn about nutritions, what is healthy or what’s not.
For me, healthy food should have no more than 4g of fat and 4g of sugar per serving. I don’t take numbers dead seriously, so sometimes 6g is ok too. At this point, you should try to cut out some of the fatty food.

Step 4: Start being active and move yourself more.
I don’t mean doing hard exercise or intense workout. We want this to become a habit much like brushing the teeth. Why do we brush the teeth? We do it for the health. Same goes with the muscles. Start out at your own level. If you start out doing too much, chances are that you’ll be frustrated and give up. I prefer Jillian’s Fitness Ultimatum, 30 minutes everyday and rest on the weekends. I think 80/20 is a good ratio. 80% should be focus on the healthy eating and 20% on exercise. That means I’m trying to eat healthy as much as I can but also enjoy the comfort food sometimes, and I don’t do any intense exercises yet.

Step 5: You don’t have to be doing things 100% perfect all the time.
It’s about making progress, and not about on or off the wagon. If you get off the track, turn your habits around within a week. Don’t wait until it goes too long time. Don’t focus on the past, what you did or didn’t do. Focus instead on today what actions you can take to help you to lose weight.

You’re the expert of your own body, start out at your own level and go from there. If you have anymore tips please add.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  :-h

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