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Losing Weight Tips, Products and Dieting Info

Losing weight tips is one part of your weight loss plan; after all, after the first excitement of finally doing something about your weight passes, tips are what keep you going.  And you’ll find some ideas in the tips for losing weight section.

Dieting Information

There’s dieting information here as well — for example, book reviews of eating plans that promote health, rather than cutting out a food group.  So if you’re getting ready to diet, but aren’t sure which one is best for you, then there are plenty of reviews available — just take a look at the diet and weight loss books section and you’ll find all kinds of info.

Weight Loss DVDs

OK, maybe you hate exercising, or can’t get to a gym, or are maybe ashamed to be seen in workout clothes in public.  I know — been there, done that, have the t-shirt.

What I found useful were weight loss DVDs for exercises.  But before you run away screaming, know that they are not all the same.  For example, Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds series was very useful for getting started (yes, walking in front of the TV, but it’s probably not like you think).

Another was Fat to Firm Fitness Ball for Dummies — looks totally easy, but after I bought it, I realized it gives you a much better workout than you might think — especially through your middle section!  And what I appreciate is that it’s easy on the joints (ah, getting older is such a joy).

Anyway, there are lots of different exercise DVDs — yoga, Pilates, stretching, toning, etc.  You’ll likely find a few that you’d like to try.

Losing Weight Products

So you have a bathroom scale?  Is it an accurate scale?  While I’m a firm believer in not weighing yourself more than once a week, scales can help you judge if you’re going in the right direction.  So consider a digital bathroom scale if you don’t already have one.

There’s also exercise equipment — mostly inexpensive, like fitness balls, resistance bands and the like.  Things that you can easily store away, and even take with you if you’re going away on a business trip.

Losing Weight Feels Great!

No doubt about is, losing weight isn’t easy, but it sure does feel great!  From getting into smaller clothes sizes, to knowing that you look better, to taking pride that you’re doing it.  Not to mention that you feel better with the pounds gone!

So roam around the site, get some ideas, pick up a few DVDs or books, then get out there and shed those pounds.

(And know that I am proud of you as well.)

How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

If you want to know how to lose weight and keep it off, you’ll need to realize one thing — and that these are two different goals!  And as such, they have different approaches.  Here’s what I mean.

Losing Weight Fast – Not!

When you finally decide you’re going to lose weight, you want it gone — fast!  But here’s the problem.  When you lose weight fast, you’re not changing your eating pattern, except temporarily.

By losing weight more slowly, you are giving new habits (hopefully healthier habits) to form.  And it’s these new habits that can help you keep the weight off.

I do want to mention one thing, though — when you start a new diet, you may indeed lose weight fast for a short while, then level out to a slower rate.  This is normal.  The “fast” I am talking about is continually keeping your body on an accelerated weight loss.

And just to give you a number, anything above 2 pounds a week continually is too fast.

Keeping It Off

This is usually harder than losing the weight in the first place — keeping it off.

On a weight loss plan (a.k.a. diet), you know what you should and shouldn’t eat.  But once you reach your goal and go off that diet — whoa!  The whole world is your oyster, so to speak.

Here’s where the “keep it off” part of how to lose weight and keep it off comes into play.  If you’ve given your body and mind a chance to form new, healthy eating habits, you’ll find it much easier to stay at your goal.

But if you’ve been on a “diet” mentality, you’re going to find it much easier to fall back into the old bad habits that got you into trouble in the first place!

Here’s a tip.  Keep on weighing yourself once a week and if you move up by 5 pounds, time to go back on that weight loss diet.  Catching it at 5 pounds is much easier to handle than waiting until that 5 pounds moves to 15…or 50!

How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

So how to lose weight and keep it off once you’ve reached your goal isn’t as tough if you’ve found a healthy weight loss plan that lets you lose weight slowly and creates good new habits.

But you will need to monitor your weight for the rest of your life, in case those bad habits start creeping back.  And losing 5 pounds, which can usually be done in a few weeks, is much easier than if you wait until that 5 pounds is a lot more!