Weight Loss Suggestions
When people think about weight loss – it’s something that’s on the mind of quite a few people – and they want to know what are the strategies. What can I do? What should I do? What should I not do? The following are just a few suggestions that can help you if you are in the place of wanting to offer advice to someone whose wanting to lose weight. If they ask you “what can I specifically do?” Most people want to hear “I can take a pill and look like a weight lifter or a super model” and that’s just not realistic nor is it healthy and the goal ought to be long term health not just short term weight loss. So in terms of long term health we’re going to go over some things here that you can use as suggestions to help people who want to be healthier and who want to lose weight. The first one and the most important one is that diet plus exericise is still the best way to promote long term health and lose weight. People don’t like to hear that but it’s a fact. It’s reality If you exercise to get your body healthy and you eat less than you use you will lose weight. You will be more healthy. So diet and exercise arec critical to people’s health and to weight loss. And you have to get them over that hurdle. You’ve got to let them know that hey the diet isn’t extreme nor do we want to make you lose a rapid amount of weight instantly. It’s going to be over the long haul and as your health improves and as your diet improves your weight will go down. So diet and exercise are still the best way to help people lose weight. Next. Get them to make changes – even small changes – but whatever changes they make sure they are changes for long term health – not short term weight loss. If they go on a particular diet that promises to help them lose ten, fifteen, twenty, thirty, fifty pounds and it’s just a short term change, all of that weight will come right back and it may even add more, which, of course, pschology discourages the person and does not improve their health. Yo-yoing the body like that up and down is not helpful. So help them make small incremental changes with always the goal beyond just the immediate weight loss to long term health. Convince them that diet and exercise are important or critical and just as important and making changes always have the long term health in view and not just short term so I can shed a few pounds here. Next, help them do something measurable. Help them burn in a measurable way 500 more calories a day than they consume. So if they’re on a two thousand calorie a day diet help them burn twenty-five hundred a day so there’s a point at which they’re burning more than they are consuming so therefore each day they’re losing a little bit more weight. So get them to use 500 more calories than they consume each day. Four, beware of setting a perfect weight goal. This is very dangerous because once again it’s not long term health, it’s not making a lifestyle health. I’m just driving myself to get to this magic number, whatever that is, and once I get there then I can quit all the changes I’ve made and go back the way things were before because I’ve reached the magic number. There’s no perfect weight. And I know we’ve got body mass index , there’s indices and all that kind of stuff. It’s not body mass and weight. It’s health. So try to keep out of their mind these ideas of “I’ve got to get down to this weight”. It’s no, all you need to make small incremental changes just to get healthy and the weight will slowly come off over time. Next, give them as much education as possible and one by looking at their life and then comparing it to a healthy lifestyle. Eating patterns. When do you eat? Why do you eat then? Do you traditionally snack a lot before going to bed? Why is that? When you go to the grocery store, do you go well fed or hungry? It makes a difference on the choices you make or the restaurants you visit. So in once sense you need to give them good education about their eating patterns and about shopping patterns. When you go – why you go – do you graze while you shop – do you try all the samples. Things like this just to make little changes. Eat and go shopping and you’re less likely to snack as you go. Less likely to buy things that are really poor for your health. So.education on eating patterns – their eating patterns as compared to healthy eating patterns. Their shopping patterns as compared to healthy shopping patterns. Next, talk to them about portion control. It’s not that you’re eating pizzaa. It’s that you’re eating a whole pizza. A slice or two of pizza is not bad but an entire pizza is a problem. So talk to them about portion control. You can have what you want, just keep it smaller. Next, have them keep a log of their food so that you can get a snapshot of a day, a week or maybe even a month. Here is how you ate, what you ate, how much you ate. Perhaps have them include things about their mental and emotional state. I was bored and so I snacked. I was depressed and so I ate comfort food. Things like this. I was stressed so I went and grabbed a Tiwnkie. Don’t berate them for that. Just keep a log so you can get a snapshot of when they eat and why they eat and how much they eat so you can help them make small changes and once again for long term health. And then last, help them know that occasional cheating is okay. We’re not trying to drive them into the ground or make them miserable but that the long haul – the over all path that they’re on is a healthy one. If the trajectory is healthy the occasional extra cookie is nog going to derail it. We can get back on track. It’s not going to be a problem. So occasional cheating is ok. Well, this is just a smattering of ideas of weight loss suggestions that can help people who are seeking to lose weight.
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Last updated: 07/25/2017
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