Just like every other man and women out there, you may be considering the idea of starting a weight loss program. Maybe you’ve put off joining a gym because of the membership fee or perhaps you are waiting for that New Year’s resolution that so many people make. Maybe you don’t want to look all sweaty and dirty in front of other people (that is a silly reason by the way; everyone else in the gym is just like you). Whatever your reasons for avoiding the gym, there are several ways you can begin your weight loss and exercise program without joining a gym first. That’s exactly how I got started.
First things first. Make sure you drink a lot of mater both during the day and during your exercise time. Water is key to keeping your body healthy and metabolizing properly throughout the day. You get the added benefit of saving a little money from not drinking sugary canned drinks and sodas and the savings you’ll keep from not going to the local coffee shop as often. If the idea of drinking tap water sounds gross to you, you can get water filters very cheap on Amazon.com. I use the Culligan model that screws right on to your water tap. You can also go with bottled water. Whichever option you choose, you probably won’t be out more than $50 or so.
You are also going to have to resist the temptation junks foods that so many people find convenient, but are really not very healthy. A lot of the fast and convenient food is eaten at night. You should set a specific time where you will stop eating for the day. The later you eat, the more fat you’ll put on. Avoid those late night snacks. This will obviously take you backwards instead of forward in your weight oss efforts. If you wake up hungry in the middle of the night, take a look at what you’re eating during the day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The problem may very well lie there.
How much fiber do you eat during the course of the day? For most people, not enough. You should include more fiber in your diet because it makes you’ll feel fuller during the day. This should lead to eating less. Watch out for your consumption of sugary snacks and empty calories with no health benefits. These types of foods are particularly bad late at night.
The moment you stop your bad eating habits, the sooner good eating habits will become second nature for you. Start by adjusting from eating late at night, staying away from sugary content and empty calories and eat more fiber. The faster you commit to healthy habits, the sooner you’ll start seeing improvements in your weight loss. And once you have some momentum, say after a month or so, the rate of your weight loss will increase.
You are not doing your body any favors by eating out too often. Try to keep it down to 1 or 2 meals at most. And definitely avoid the convenient but terrible nutrition provided at the drive through window. Aside from the fact that the food can be expensive, they are served in portions that are excessive. Portion control is essential to a good weight loss program. Keep a journal of what you eat during the day. Many eat-in restaurant serve food in amounts that are double or triple a standard recommended portion. Interestingly, you’ll probably get a smaller portion of the healthy food like steamed vegetables or fruits. Just because a large portion of unhealthy food is put in front of you doesn’t mean you have to finish it.
You might be thinking these tips are obvious and easy to follow. They are, but for most people they will represent a big change from what they’re used to eating. It is often said the simplest answer is the most efficient and useful. And in this context, eating healthy is one of those instances.
So to wrap it up, save money, burn those unwanted calories, eat more fiber, don’t eat late at night and start losing that extra weight.