As someone who has been concerned about my weight, and has been into health and fitness for most of my adult life, I have been of the opinion for a long time now that we are all beginning to suffer from information overload on the subject. We are literally bombarded with diet plans, magical new weight loss diet pills, weight loss systems and programs, herbal teas and spices etc etc, the list goes on and on, and they come to us on an almost daily basis.
This is especially true for women, and speaking as a woman, I suggest that we may even be our own worst enemies. We thrive on details, our nature means that we are attracted to the latest hot products, we speak to our friends about them, and as a rule, we generally love all the soap and drama on television and so on. I am sure that you get my drift here, and in my opinion this makes us much more susceptible to clever marketing than men are likely to be.
We are instinctively drawn to the glossy magazines, and to all the advertisements giving details of apparently incredibly successful weight loss systems, all of which promise us instant glamour, and literally overnight transformation of all the parts of ourselves that we hate most. We are confronted with the images of absolutely and impossibly perfect models everywhere we turn, and we long to look just like them, even though the rational side of us knows that that is impossible.
Now I am not saying that there is anything wrong with this, it is part of our Western society after all. What I am saying however, is that it can very easily cause you to lose sight of your own objectives, and your own weight loss goals. I am speaking from personal experience here, so I decided to re-focus on some of the well known basics for successful weight loss in my current articles.
Once we are overweight, we usually want to trim down for a whole lot of reasons, some of which are related to health, others having to do with looks. More often it is the latter which motivates us into action.
So first and foremost you have to get your head right about starting out on your weight loss system, because it takes discipline and consistency to have any chance of success. Try and maintain a constant picture in your head of the way that you will look, and the healthier life style and the more fruitful living that you will have, without the extra fat and those extra pounds slowing you down.
I am a believer in the benefits of a "kick start" to your weight loss program. I am convinced that if you can see quick, and more importantly, noticeable results in the short term, then you will be motivated to maintain the self discipline that you will need to have, over a longer period of time.
You should never stay on a fast diet program for more than a week, and you should consult your doctor, if you are in any doubt at all about your health. Everybody's metabolism reacts differently to different weight loss systems and plans, and as I said previously you should never stay on one designed for rapid weight loss, for a long period. Usually a week is more than enough.
It is never too late in life to lose weight, but the sad fact is that it is a whole lot easier to prevent putting on those extra pounds in the first place, than it is to try and lose them If there is one thing we all know for sure, it is that weight gain will most certainly happen, if we do not take serious measures to stop it happening.
As I said at the start of this article I am on a mission to try and motivate those people who know that they should lose weight and improve their lifestyles, but have just never gotten round to it. Here is a my idea of some of the basic steps needed to start you off on a successful and focused weight loss system.
Get your head round the idea before you even start!!
Line yourself up mentally and physically for the sacrifices that you will need to make!!
Look for a fast weight loss system to give yourself a good kick start!!
Set yourself some realistic targets, and monitor your progress on a weekly basis!!
Your objective put simply is to eat less, and move more. You will need to do some exercise, make no mistake about it. Do not set out to do the impossible therefore, exercising is actually pleasurable if done properly.
Decide what you would like to do in terms of exercise, then go and do it! Read up on some of the benefits, and motivate yourself at the outset to be a success at it.
Keep the vision of the benefits that you will achieve, firmly fixed in your mind. There is the old saying, of "No pain, no gain" which I have found to be very true. Your biggest task here will be to keep focused on the fact that the gain will be more than worth the pain!