We often talk about how a weight loss plan is not a temporary “diet”, but a permanent lifestyle change. After all, you want your results to be permanent, so you must permanently change your habits as well. Each of these habits only require a few minutes of your time each day, but can set you up for success.
It’s a fact of life: As we age, we develop lines and wrinkles on our faces (and other places). This happens due to a number of factors, some of which we can control to some degree, and some that we can’t.
One of those factors is the repetitive folding of skin due to everyday facial expressions. This is why we see perpetually unhappy people with “frown lines”, or by contrast, happy people who develop “laugh lines”. You really can see – to some extent, anyway – a person’s life experience literally written on their face!
Every morning, Debra wakes up, goes to the bathroom, and then steps on her scale. She’s been trying to lose a few pounds, because she knows that maintaining a healthy weight is one of the biggest keys to long-term health. So naturally she feels that these daily weigh-ins are holding her accountable, and encouraging healthy food and activity choices.
Your mom always said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. And yet, here you are, a fully grown adult who regularly skips breakfast. Some of you are just too busy in the morning and can’t be bothered, while others skip breakfast on purpose, thinking that skipping meals will help you lose weight. But not only will skipping breakfast not help you drop pounds; it can also be hurting you in other ways.
If you’ve ever gone on a diet, sugar was most likely one of the main things you had to reduce in order to meet your weight loss goal. Sugar is basically just empty calories, so if you eat a lot of sugar you end up consuming more energy than you need while reaping no nutritional benefits. The end result is excess weight coupled with some degree of malnourishment. Your body won’t get the vitamins and minerals it needs when you subsist on a high-sugar diet, unless you add even more foods to meet those needs (and therefore, even more calories).
Some people are able to lose weight quickly and easily, without much trouble. For the other 99 percent of us, though, weight loss can become a difficult struggle. For a few of us, it can even be dangerous. If you have experienced difficulty losing weight in the past, it’s possible that you have an underlying health condition that is complicating your efforts.