Losing Weight – Anybody Can Do It

The title of this blog is a little misleading.  Yes, ANYBODY can lose weight.  Losing weight is simple. Simple, but NOT easy. I think that probably everyone reading this knows how to lose weight. So why is it so hard to do? Because it requires patience and commitment. It’s been said that people will do ANYTHING to lose weight, except eat right and exercise.

Most don’t want to put the work and effort into it. We are looking for the easy way, the quick fix. And there are literally thousands of claims for “quick fix” diet remedies out there.There are pills that claim you can lose astronomical amounts of weight in 30 days, wraps that claim you can lose inches in just minutes, shakes that claim you won’t be hungry if you only drink them, fad diets that restrict certain foods claiming that’s all you need to do to lose weight fast. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret – there is only one way to safely lose weight and keep it off! Good old fashioned eating right and exercising!!

Most overweight people didn’t just wake up one day overweight.  For most, it was gradual. Why do we then expect to lose it overnight? In order to create a healthy weight, you need to create a healthy lifestyle. Crash dieting is not safe, and it doesn’t work in the long run. Creams, wraps and pills may give you a slimmer look initially, but as soon as they wear off, you are back where you started!

Start with small, attainable goals.  Once you reach those goals, set new ones! By the time you reach your goal weight, you will see that it has become a lifestyle change that will keep you at a healthy weight for life. A good goal to get started with is to incorporate at least 20 minutes of exercise in every day. Just 20 minutes a day – anybody can do it!

For some, you feel that it’s too late.  Maybe you have left the overweight catagory, and are now considered obese. You are overwhelmed with the amount of work it will take, and think you could never accomplish it. I want you to know that you CAN do it! It will take time and commitment and work, but you CAN do it! A very motivational show that I encourage everyone to watch is The Biggest Loser.  It is amazing when you see the things that you actually can do!

I would love to talk to you, and help you get started down the path to health. You are worth it!

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4 thoughts on “Losing Weight – Anybody Can Do It

  1. Ed Thomas says:

    The big problem with crash diets is the continued expansion and contraction of our fat cells. Once we finish growing as a young adult, the number of fat cells in our body is complete. When we put on weight, these fat cells expand in size. The reverse is true when we lose weight. So going up and down with your weight is like blowing up and then deflating a balloon. The more you do it, the easier it is to do. Yo-yo dieting makes it easier for fat cells to expand. Your point of making choices for a healthy lifestyle is the only way to maintain a healthy weight. Keep the good information coming, Hether!

  2. April says:

    I have a question for you. How much muscle do you have to gain to offset loss of fat. According to the scale this week (so far), I haven’t lost any weight, but I can tell a difference in my body & my clothes fit better. I have been working out more. So, I’m trying not to worry too much about it, but it is frustrating! And I know a lot of people rely on the scale & feel the same way.

  3. hethermc says:

    First of all, it’s so awesome that you are working hard to get healthy! You are doing an awesome job!! You need to keep your focus off of pounds lost. You can see the difference in your body, and I’m sure you can tell a difference in the way you feel. When we focus on pounds, we can all get frustrated, instead we need to focus on fat loss and overall health.

    Here is part of a GREAT article from about.com:
    When you talk about losing weight, what you usually mean is slimming down. But slimming down doesn’t always mean losing weight. It may sound odd, but it’s possible to get thinner without actually seeing a change in your weight. This happens when you lose body fat while gaining muscle. Your weight may stay the same, even as you lose inches, a sign that you’re moving in the right direction. But, if the scale doesn’t change, you may not even be aware that you’re getting real results. Knowing the difference between losing weight and losing body fat can change how you get results and may even change how you look at your own body.

    When you lose body fat, you’re making permanent changes in your body, shifting your body composition so that you have less fat and more muscle. When you lose weight, you could be losing water or even muscle. It’s impossible to know if you’re seeing real results or just the product of your daily habits, hormonal shifts and changing hydration levels.

    Ways the scale can work against you:
    It measures everything: The number on the scale includes everything – muscles, fat, bones, organs, fat, food and water. For that reason, your scale weight can be a deceptive number.
    It doesn’t reflect the changes happening in your body: If you’re doing cardio and strength training, you may build lean muscle tissue at the same time you’re losing fat. In that case, the scale may not change even though you’re getting leaner and slimmer.
    It doesn’t reflect your health: As mentioned above, the scale can’t tell the difference between fat and muscle. That means a person can have a low body weight, but still have unhealthy levels of body fat.

    Using other ways to measure progress can keep you motivated and help you realize that you are making changes, no matter what the scale says.
    • Go by how your clothes fit. If they fit more loosely, you know you’re on the right track
    • Take your measurements to see if you’re losing inches
    • Get your body fat tested or use an online calculator
    • Set performance goals. Instead of worrying about weight loss or fat loss, focus on completing a certain number of workouts each week or competing in a race
    • If the scale is making you crazy, taking a break from weighing yourself may just open your eyes to other possibilities. Your weight isn’t the only measure of your success. Put away the scale and you may just see how far you’ve really come.

    Hope this helps April, and keep up the good work!!

  4. April says:

    Thanks! I just put on my tight jeans & I can pull them away from my stomach. I used to “fit”, but it wasn’t pretty! 🙂 Stupid scale!

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