Steady Goals for Weight Loss

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One of the reasons why I do blog posts about weight loss is that I used to be a lot heavier than I am now, we are talking 50+ pounds overweight, I had clocked in at about 207 pounds and only stand 5 feet 10 inches tall. I saw myself in photos and knew there was something I had to do, I had developed a bad pattern of eating too much and working out too little. It’s easy for somebody working at a desk all day sitting for 8 hours to just go home and repeat the same process of sitting and watching TV.

Just over two years ago I made a commitment to losing weight and have stuck by it, I did lose 50 pounds in about two years and at my trimmest was just over one hundred and fifty pounds. I have since added a little more muscle, and unfortunately some of my eating habits resurfaced but weight now a slightly overweight one hundred and seventy one pounds. I am a size 34, when I used to be a size 40 waist.

Instead of constantly looking for fast weight loss it is better to find and stick with a long term goal that is more easily attainable and less likely to leave you stressed out and rebound as a result of trying to overtax yourself.

Such simple steps you can put into place work well, such as the following:

Eat the same amount of food to feel full, just eat lower calorie food such as strawberries, watermelon, whole grains and oats…etc

Workout just fifteen to twenty minutes a day, it is better to get your heart beating and sweating 3 times per day at 5 minutes than once a day at fifteen minutes. This is because your heart will stay at an elevated rate for several minutes after each session and you will burn calories for an extended time.

Do not eat within three hours of going to bed.

Drink more water, helps flush and clean your bloodstream. Make sure you drink a healthy amount of water, not sugary or even diet soda’s.

Those simple tactics should lead to 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week, the more overweight you are when you start, the more weight loss you will see. It is when your body has lost weight that it starts becoming harder to lose the last 15-25 pounds. This is because you have to cut back a little more, and work out a little more to burn the extra calories needed to take off the final weight.

-Justin Germino

Updated: October 12, 2009 — 9:25 am