Long term weight loss is the goal everyone wants to achieve even if they do not realize it. So many people think about losing weight but in reality the need is to keep it off. If the weight is kept off it leads to many health benefits such as lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and a lower risk of heart disease. Losing weight long term can be hard to start but there are a few habits you incorporate to help you get there.
The first habit is a healthy diet. When you think of a healthy diet think about some things you may not have in the past. Instead of trying some new fad diet think about working on portion control. At the beginning you will still have many of the foods you love but just in a smaller sizes. As you start to see the effects of portion size start adding in healthier choices. The goal is to have a colorful plate. The more color the better the plate is for you. Think about having a wide variety of items as well. A healthy diet does not happen overnight it is a process you have to stick with for the long term.
Another habit to help with losing weight long term is a daily exercise. Many people think you have to exercise hours and hours. You really don’t need to exercise but so much. Think about starting with 3 days a week for 20 minutes. If you did that you would work out one hour per week. That is less than 1% of a week. As you do it and it becomes a habit you will want to do it more. Start adding more time or more days and before you know you will be exercising each day for 30 minutes to an hour in no time.
Thirdly, the habit is getting plenty of sleep. Of course everyone is busy and wants to rest but they can never seem to find the time to get to bed early or wake up later. The goal should be to get 7 – 8 hours of sleep daily. If you are far below that now, then try to get more rest gradually. Most people think you work hard so you can rest. Actually you should rest so you can do your work. If you start with rest then it will be a priority.
Losing weight long term is about a lifestyle change. You are not going to make drastic changes that work for a lifetime if you try to radically change everything all at once. When adding habits think about adding a new habit each time you master one. No one is going to lose all the weight they want in a week. Being healthy is a lifetime goal not a lets do it so I can fit into an outfit goal. It takes daily choices and can be accomplished if you think about making each choice a healthy one.