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Preparing For Weight Loss

by C. Moult, Publisher, Cliffology.com.

Losing weight can be a challenge for a lot of people. When it comes to losing weight, the gravitation pull towards the need to get in shape and the desire to continue your current habit of eating too much or not getting enough exercise can make all the difference in respect to whether you will lose weight or not.

                Ultimately, when it comes to losing weight, a decision will have to be made at some point. The first thing a person needs to know is what is causing the weight gain or the inability to lose weight.

Once you have established the reason for weight gain or lack of weight loss, you will need to make plans to lose the weight. Losing weight will not happen only on the merits of having a desire to lose weight. Thus, this desire will have to be followed by some actions.  If you find that you are gaining weigh because you are eating too much, then you will have to make some dietary adjustments. The fact of the matter is, you will simply not achieve your goal if you continue to fuel the things that are keeping you from attaining those goals. Like every other thing in life, you will have to remove some mountains before you can achieve your goal.

Now let us dive into the process in which weight loss will occur. Assuming that you do not have a medical imbalance, weight loss will occur when the actual amount of calories that you consume is less than the amount of calories that you burn from doing activities. Inversely, if the amount of calories that you consume is greater than the amount of calories that you burn, then you will gain weight instead of losing it. If your calorie intake and your calorie exhaustion are at the same level, then your weight will be static -- meaning that you will neither gain nor lose weight.

Three Common Excuses for not losing weight:

·         I do not have the time to lose weight -- For those who would say that they do not have the time to commit to losing weight, I would say that losing weight can occur on the dietary side as well. You do not necessarily have to go to a gym to lose weight. As stated earlier in this article, weight loss usually occurs when the amount of calories that you consume is less that the amount of calories that you burn through activities. Therefore, if you do not have the time to go for a walk or a jog, then you will need to lower your calorie intake significantly to make up for the lack of activities.

·         I am not motivated – It is true that many people want to lose weight, but are not motivated enough to get it done. The fact is, you will have to have some levels of motivation to lose weight. If not, it will not happen. If you feel that you need to be accompanied by someone to go walking, jogging or to the gym, then by all means find a partner to do it with.

·         I am too lazy – Depending on the amount of weight you are trying to lose, being lazy can be a losing battle. This makes eating significantly less calories all the more important. Keep in mind that starving on the other hand is not a good thing.

To lose weight, one will have to overcome each obstacle. Again, if you continue to do the things that aid the lack of weight loss, then weight loss will not occur.

Some Steps to lose weight:

·         Consume less calories than you burn – As stated earlier, when you abide by this principle, weight loss will begin to go in motion because the body is programmed to lose density when you shift from a higher calorie intake to a lower calorie intake.

·         Choose foods that are high in protein and low in fat This is a good method because high protein foods tend to make you feel full. Therefore, when you feel full, you are less likely to consume too many calories because you feel satisfied. Examples: lean steak, grilled chicken and high protein lean shake.

·         Choose foods that are high in fiber – Like high protein foods, foods high in fiber also make you feel full. Thus, making the likelihood of consuming too many calories relatively low. Examples: apples, high fiber bread and oatmeal.

Finally, let us presume that you have a desire to lose weight and you have all the tools at your disposure to make it happen, the question now would be -- what would cause you not to lose weight? The number one reason why people would have a desire to lose weight and the tools to achieve that desire and yet not attempt to lose weight is because of a lack of motivation. Motivation is not something that you can tangibly coach. In fact, it is a mental thing. The best way to be motivated is to zero in on your goal. If you prefer the goal that you are trying to achieve than the status quo, then you should have no problems being motivated. Ask yourself the question…do I prefer to eat in a gluttonous way and be fat than to eat in a moderate way and stay in shape? You should weigh your priorities and decide what means the most to you.