Most of us want to lose weight, and that’s partially why we exercise. Working out helps you lose weight for so many reasons! Yes it burns calories, which gets to the heart of the matter, but it also does some subtle helpful things that help us stay on our diets; it keeps us busy during times we might otherwise be eating extra calories, it makes us feel good about our bodies, it makes us feel like we are doing something proactive to help ourselves rather than just depriving ourselves of something, it gives us better posture and keeps us toned, it improves our energy level and positive outlook on life, and so on!
But if you really want to lose weight, well, yes, you have to exercise, but you also absolutely MUST eat right. Sometimes it seems like an impossible and insurmountable obstacle to lose those pounds you have carried around for way too long, but it is absolutely not! It can be hard, but what you really need to do is control your caloric intake. And the best way to do that is to eat healthier foods. We all know that we should eat more vegetables and fruit and stay away from processed foods, fatty fried foods, sugary foods and overly salty foods. But doing is much different than knowing.
The good news is that YOU CAN DO IT! Just look around at all the people who have lost weight using the very simple principles of eating right and exercising over a sustained period of time. It can be done, and there is no reason why you can’t be one of the great success stories. You’ve probably heard that adage that to form a habit you only need 3 weeks. 3 weeks of diligent eating right habits can lead to a permanent change in yourself, and when you do this, the weight comes off practically without you even trying. And the biggest “side benefit” of eating right is that your insides will improve immensely – you will become healthier and have a better chance of living longer! What could be better than that?
If you have trouble eating right (like I do), and are having trouble getting started, you can use lots of tools and tricks to get yourself going, like planning out your meals ahead of time, breaking down your goals into hourly or daily segments and congratulating yourself every time you accomplish a small diet goal. One thing you might want to avoid is weighing yourself too often. Body weight goes up and down, mostly based on water retention, and this can be very discouraging when you know you have eaten right and are not seeing the results you expect.
So keep exercising because it has so many helpful benefits, but if you want to lose weight, improve the way you eat!