What to do if you are struggling to lose weight

Feet on a bathroom scale – Isolated[/caption]There a number of reasons why people become overweight, but few of them have to do with being ‘greedy.’ In many cases, weight gain is actually the result of confusing information about what to eat and not eat, and what exercise routines work best.

Here’s the secret: The best workout routine? The one you stick to.
The best diet? The one you can live with long term without feeling miserable and starved.

Your starting point should be where you are right now. When is the last time you got on the scale, and what did it say? If the answer is ‘way too much’ and shocked you, it is time to set a target weight goal and start working towards it. Of, if you have a special occasion on your calendar you want to look great for, like a wedding or class reunion, set a target weight or clothing size to reach by the time the event rolls around, and see how great you will look and feel when you achieve your goal.

Yes, it will take work, and losing weight is only part of the process. Adding activity to your day will help you burn the calories you do eat. Lean, toned muscle will burn calories more efficiently than flabby ones. Even if you hate to break a sweat, there are many different activities you can enjoy that will help you firm up your body as you drop the pounds.

You deserve to be your best self. So dust off the scale, get out a little notebook to keep track of it and your target weight and goals, and start adding more activity to your daily routine, even if it is just a walk around the block to start with.

You CAN do it. And here are a couple of suggestions that can help:

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One of the best ways to lose fat is to replace it with lean muscle. But who has time to spend hours in the gym? One of our friends has just released this program to help you build muscle. It is targeted at men, but honestly, it works well for women too. Do a little yoga or pilates each day along with this program and you will have a long, lean profile that will be the envy of your friends and you will be amazed at how fast you can lose weight and keep it off too.


How to Burn Fat and Lose Weight While You Work at Home

If you work from home then chances are you spend much of your day sitting. In fact, most people spend a majority of their day sitting. Couple that with the fact that working from home is a sure-fire way to live a very busy life, and you have a recipe for weight gain. It’s difficult to balance working out, running and growing your business, and managing your life.

Why not accomplish two things at the same time? Why not find a way to lose weight while you’re working from home? It’s actually easier than you might think.

#1 Standing Desk

How often do you find yourself sitting while you work? Most of the time, right? Stand up. Now there are extremely durable and fantastic standing desks that you can purchase. You can find them at office furniture stores and online. You can also create your own “Ikea Hack” and create a standing desk from much of their assemble-it-yourself furniture.

However, if you’re not sure that a standing desk is for you, why not begin by simply placing a file box on your desk? It raises your keyboard to the level you need to stand. Use this system for a few weeks. If you find you’re enjoying it, then you can convert to a full-scale standing desk.

If you’re not used to standing, then your legs may be sore for a bit. Alternate sitting and standing. You burn more calories standing and it’s better for your posture. You can add an extra element of interest and calorie burning by adding a Bosu balance device.

#2 Walking Desk

A walking desk takes the standing desk to a whole new level. Walking is one of the best ways to stay in shape and lose weight. You can purchase a simple walking treadmill. These don’t have any motors and are often small and compact. In many cases you can simply position your standing desk over the top of your treadmill and get a workout while you work.

You can also buy treadmill desks. Again, these can be quite elaborate and expensive. However, it may be cost effective if you consider how detrimental weight gain can be. It often results in prescription medications and many expensive trips to the doctor.

#3 Pace

When you’re on the phone, dictating, or even trying to brainstorm and plan your business, get up and walk. Pacing has been shown to actually stimulate your creative brain. And it’s good for your waistline.

The key to burning fat while you work out is to stay active. Your body was designed to move. Move it. You can accomplish both a healthy business and a healthy body.


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Weight loss hint-add on, don’t take away

One of the reasons why it is so hard to stick to our diet is that we feel so deprived. Like we have a looong list of things we can’t eat, and a short and shorter one of things that we can.


So instead of deprivation, why not cultivation? Add a new food every day that you might not otherwise try, like a star fruit or a parsnip or a cloudberry.  They are yummy, sweet, and healthy for you, and you will feel like you are having a real treat even though all fruits and veg are light in calories if eaten in moderation, and have lots of healthful fiber.