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You know what I hear a lot? "I've tried everything, and I just can't lose weight." YES YOU CAN! The "everything" that most people have tried is everything but eating healthy and exercising more. Think about it.
Pills. Powders. Wraps. Books. Drops. Social networking (a.k.a., spending time that could be spent exercising at the computer logging food items into a database, comparing stories with internet friends, and shopping for smaller clothes to wear when you get to your goal weight). C'mon. I know you know this is true: There is no miraculous shortcut. It isn't that you just haven't found the right pill, the right thing to cut out of your diet, or the right website to encourage you. It's that you've been trying to take the easy way out of doing something hard.
Here's something else I often hear: "I really want to lose weight, but I just have no willpower." My (inner, because I'm terrible at saying what I think if it might hurt someone's feelings) thought is immediately, "Then you don't really want to lose weight." Anything you really want to accomplish, you can. I'm completely confident in the truth of that statement. The Ironman in the bathroom stall next to you. Boston qualified, marathon pacer, mom of 3 boys. Someone who really wanted to change things. I could go on for days with examples of regular people like you and me who did hard things. Me, I quit smoking after over 10 years of a pack-a-day addiction. I didn't use a patch, or pills, hypnosis or lasers. I was able to quit because I wanted to quit, and that desire was strong enough to get me through the cravings and withdrawal symptoms. When you really want to lose weight, you'll have the willpower to resist the junk food, and you'll find the will to stick with an effective exercise regime.
I'm not saying it's easy, I'm saying it's simple. There's quite a difference. Healthy eating might mean making a lot of changes, some of which might not be popular with your family. I've found that planning in advance makes it a lot easier to cook healthy meals, and you'll be a lot less likely to stop for fast food if you have dinner already planned. I'll give you a few quick changes you can make in order to eat healthier. Ground turkey instead of ground beef. Baked instead of fried. Homemade instead of processed. Less instead of more. Vegetables don't need butter, cheese, or bacon added to taste good. Drink water. I've got a lot more tips and recipes, and I know how to make really delicious treats that are much healthier than they taste.
Making exercise a daily habit isn't an easy thing, either, but it is so important. You'll feel better. You'll look better. You'll be able to think more clearly, breathe easier, sleep better, and live longer. It's not a shortcut, but the results of regular exercise can seem miraculous.
So, buck the weight-loss trends, and start losing weight. Eat healthy foods. Exercise. If you want to, you'll do it.
Any questions for me? I'll happily share recipes and exercise plans.
Got an inspiring success story? Do tell!