Yes, fitting into our skinny jeans- definitely a priority. But, just for a second let’s put our fragile egos aside and think beyond our seam-bursting thighs. Dropping ten pounds has the potential to impact your life beyond your looks. We’re talking a serious self-confidence facelift, improved health, and maybe even a few extra years to your life. It may not seem like much, but a measly 10 pounds can change your life- short and long term. So regardless of if your goal is to get rid of the saddlebags or harness your diabetes, it’s time to make your diet and workout regimen a priority.
Fact: Obesity is running rampant in this country, pilfering years from our lives. If Americans improves our diets, Focusing on being more physically active and keeping weight under control, and refrain from smoking, can collectively cut the prevalence of diabetes by 90 percent, heart disease by 80 percent, and cancer by 60 percent.
Burning off 10 pounds can:
1. Minimize your chances of developing type-2 diabetes by half
2. Help prevent osteoarthritis by reducing the load on your knees (every pound of weight lost translates to a 4-pound reduction on the load baring down on your knees)
3. Decrease your risk of heart disease (you reduce your chance of heart disease by 1-2 percent for every percent of weight you drop)
4. Cut your chances of developing certain cancers
5. Improve your sex life
6. Increase your immune function, therefore keeping your well, not sick.
7. Up your energy all day (yes, even if you have to get up early to get your workout in)
8. Give you a confidence boost
9. Help you sleep better
10. Add years to your life
Suddenly, those skinny jeans don’t seem so important in comparison.
But here’s the key: maintaining. Studies show that yo-yo’ers have a 40% lower immune function than women who are able to maintain a healthy weight for 2 years. If you want to stick to your diet and fitness routine, you’ve got to come up with a plan that fits into your life
How Can You Start Losing Fat And Getting Healthy?
Starting a healthy fitness lifestyle isn’t about hitting the ground running, and editing your diet down to the studs. When we set unrealistic expectations that we can’t live up to, inevitably we fall short and have the tendency to give up cold turkey because it “didn’t work.” But the issue isn’t that your diet “didn’t work,” it’s that you didn’t take the time to figure out how a healthy diet and exercise can fit into your life without feeling like it’s taking over your life. If you want to truly succeed, long-term, when it comes to a weight loss and maintenance plan, just remember 5-key elements:
-Decide that it’s finally time to get your act together and get healthy while working your butt off (literally)
Getting healthy and fit takes work, I’m not going to lie. But the benefits (like walking into a room and having heads turn and tongues wag, having enough energy to play with your kids in the yard, walking up a staircase without getting winded, adding a few extra years- healthy years- to your life), I’d say outweigh the 30-60 minutes a day you spend sweating, the sore muscles the next am. Wait, is that it? Hardly a comparison on the list of positives and negatives. Sure, you might feel exhausted when you set your alarm that extra hour early to slip on your running shoes and hit the pavement, but studies have shown that exercisers, even early-rising exercisers, actually feel more energized after a sweat session than those who snoozed.
-Set Realistic Goals
Goal setting is an essential component to weight loss and maintenance success. Think about both your short and long term goals. I’m talking even your immediate goals- clearing your head after a fight with your spouse, running off a bad mood, getting a quick dose of energy. Then come up with a strategy. Create a food/fitness journal. Calendar your exercise activities. Plan a week’s worth of healthy meals.
-Get up, get your exercise shoes on and get moving (even if it hurts)
It’s way too easy to talk yourself out of exercising and talk yourself into binging. Believe me. Somehow, your mind plays tricks on you, convincing yourself that “it’s okay to eat the entire carton of ice cream,” or that “I’ll just hit snooze one more time, and then I’ll get up.” Don’t let your diet and fitness dedication fall prey to moments of weakness. Motivate to move every day.
-Change with Change
If you want a surefire way to fail a fitness program, do the exact same workout every single day. If you want to keep up your exercise regimen and get results long term, you’ve got to change it up. You will experience more change with change. How? Physically, changing your daily program keeps your muscles guessing and, therefore, maximizes your calorie burn. Mentally, changing it up keeps your mind both excited and focused. You are forced to actually think about what you are doing instead of robotically going through the motions with your mind on something else.