Often, when we talk about healthy lifestyle choices, we’re talking about diet and exercise tips that help you lose weight or maintain your weight. After all, being overweight is linked to many serious health conditions, so it makes sense to focus on that.
It is often said that walking is one of the best forms of exercise. You can do it almost anywhere, all you need is a decent pair of walking shoes, it’s free, and it requires no special skills. Almost anyone can start a walking program, and then gradually increase the length or difficulty of their walks as they get into shape.
If you have made the decision to overhaul your lifestyle, and make a commitment to weight loss or fitness, we congratulate you on taking the first very important step to a longer and healthier life. This is a decision that no one ever regrets! That’s true whether you’re on a weight loss program due to doctor’s orders, because you’re warding off serious health problems, or simply because you want to look and feel healthier. At the end of this journey you’re going to be so glad you did it.
If you’re planning to travel this summer, you might find yourself dining in more restaurants than usual. This can pose a risk to your weight maintenance or weight loss plan, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on positive results until you return from your trip. If you’re aware of the dietary dangers that lurk in restaurants, it’s actually not too difficult to avoid them.
By now, you know that cutting back on your caloric intake is one of the two major keys to weight loss (the other being exercise). But that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to meals you don’t enjoy, or go hungry all of the time! There are plenty of small, sneaky ways to cut back on calories without drastically altering your entire lifestyle (of course, if you want to lose a significant amount of weight, you should still seek a doctor’s guidance). These seven calorie swaps can get you started.
We all talk about switching over to a better lifestyle, including more exercise and healthy meals, but many of us find those changes difficult to actually make. One reason is that our food choices become habit and we’re attached to our favorite meals. It’s hard to imagine that healthy meals can taste as good or feel as fulfilling.
Talk about “healthy eating” with just about anyone, and you’re likely to hear groans. Many people feel that eating healthfully can’t also be fun. Aren’t most of the “bad” foods also the tasty ones?
Whether you’re following a weight loss plan, or simply want to maintain your current weight, your appetite often has other ideas. It’s not realistic to depend solely upon willpower, for months or years at a time, because no one could be expected to simply say “no” to their hunger forever. Instead, finding methods of appetite control that work for you will be key to your long-term success. These ideas might surprise you, but have been proven to work for many people.
Often, when people embark on a weight loss plan, they tend to focus on the “how”. How will I accomplish this, they ask themselves. Must of their plans revolve around creating healthy menus, eliminating unhealthy foods, counting calories, joining exercise programs, tracking progress, and so on. And it’s true that you can’t reach a destination without making or accessing a map first!