1. Decide to make a lifestyle change. Do not look for a quick fix, when becoming healthier, it needs to be a slow progression that is implemented into your daily routine for long term results.
2. Find something or someone to be accountable to. If you’re having trouble reaching your fitness goals, and cannot seem to find the motivation to get back on track, then you need to find a program that gives you the reason to eat better and get moving. This accountability can come from a gym membership, a personal trainer, or a group fitness program such as an outdoor boot camp.
3. Start reading labels. First you need to learn all you can about the right nutrition, there is abundant amount of information online and in magazines. Learn how many calories you need to consume and start reading labels. Check the ingredients list and serving sizes. Portion control is everything!
4. Buy a scale. This is my biggest weight loss tool! Most people who battle their weight find stepping onto a scale frightening, but the scale is your FRIEND! I tell my clients to weigh first thing every morning. It is the tool to keep you on track. When you have had too much sodium in your diet, your weight will fluctuate a few pounds. Too much sodium is a culprit and can sabotage your weight loss goals by making you retain fluid.
5. Change Your Mental Attitude. When you start giving your body a make-over by incorporating a change in diet and exercise, you also must change your mind set. People with weight issues must change their perception of food. You must think of FOOD AS FUEL, only eat to feed the body the nutrients and vitamins it needs. I struggled with my weight for many years because of my addiction to food, therefore I had to change my way of thinking.