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by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

 
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The quest to lose weight is never simple, but there are a few things you can do to ease the struggle. To make your weight loss journey easier, map out a plan ahead of time. Once you have a plan in place, you know what steps you need to take for success.


Track Before You Diet


It is a well-known fact that tracking your calories while dieting helps you lose weight. Knowing exactly how many calories you are eating and burning is an important part of weight loss. Many people wonder exactly how many calories they should be eating. There are many recommendations, in books and online, on how many calories one should consume. The problem, of course, is that everyone is different and what leads to weight loss for one person will not necessarily lead to weight loss for another. By spending a week or so tracking your calories before you begin your journey, you know about how many calories you are already consuming. That gives you a baseline. Reducing your intake by even 250 calories a day will lead to successful weight loss.


Be Picky About the Foods You Choose


Proteins and fats will help you feel full longer. This makes it much easier to get through your day without grabbing a snack here and there. These small handfuls add up quickly when you are trying to cut pounds.


Let Others Know Your Plans


Peer pressure can be a powerful motivator. It can be uncomfortable to talk about your weight, but the benefit outweigh your discomfort. Let a few friends or family members know your plan. Ask them to help hold you accountable. Knowing someone will be checking up on you can help you stay on track.


Work with a Professional


Having some help from a professional is a great benefit when trying to lose weight. Talking to a healthcare provider, such as those at Innovative Health and Wellness, is a great way to get input on supplements that may help with weight loss or particular exercises that may be particularly well suited for your goals. In this age when so many of us have sedentary lifestyles, having a healthcare professional’s input on a how to best get moving is valuable input.


Losing weight is never easy, but you shouldn’t let it overwhelm you. Just take the process a step at a time. By making lifestyle changes that you can stick with, you increase your odds of success.




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