Creating a new lifestyle that will make you feel healthy and look great.
Popular weight loss tips, with their slick marketing and promises of trim, toned waistlines, aren’t helping enough people for the long term. If you tend to regain weight after starting a diet & exercise program, try a new perspective. Overweight is evidence of a lifestyle that needs to change. The most helpful question to ask yourself is not, ‘How can I get this weight off?’, but rather ‘What can I do to take better care of my body?’ See my weight loss tips below to get started.
#1 Eat & exercise for your health first.
Don’t let pop culture and magazine covers hold too much sway in your decisions about diet and exercise. Set your weight loss goals using research on body weight and long term health. You can find out today exactly how much weight you need to lose to significantly lower your risk of future health problems. Simple measurements in the body composition tests below will help you set meaningful goals for your well being.
#2 Think of what your body can do for you.
What’s the first thing you notice when you see your physique in the mirror? Many of us find personal deficiencies by comparing our bodies with those of fit friends who exercise all day. With my recommended physical fitness tests, you can be much more objective about your well being. You’ll be able to compare your strength and stamina with proven health standards for people in your age group. Improve your fitness based on your test results, and you’ll get a physically capable, better looking body plus significant long term health benefits.
*Learn more about this fitness test in my Cooper Test article.
#3 Remember what keeps you moving.
Since physical activity is no longer necessary for daily life, we all need to find the drive to stay active. For most of us, the motivation to exercise comes from wanting to feel healthy, look good and be strong. Established standards for fitness and even for beauty in the human form will help you set realistic exercise goals that you’ll be happy to achieve.
Another great way to motivate yourself is to think of something you’d like to be able to do physically (trying a new sport, being able to pick up your 2 year old with ease, etc.). If you can come up with a new physical ability that would be important to you, you’ll look forward to your exercise routine and to training to achieve your goal. Keep yourself moving on a daily basis with my article about the motivation to exercise.
#4 Follow your doable exercise program.
Now that you know what you need to achieve to become fit and healthy, it’s time to get started with a doable, yet effective training program. Your workouts should match your fitness level, fit in your schedule, be fun and teach you something new. If you are a busy parent you might plan to exercise primarily at home to be available for your kids. If you like working in groups, you might join an exercise class or meet with friends for a walk or jog. If you are new to exercise, your best results will come by easing your way into the activities (and getting a check up with your doctor).
For help with your workout schedule and beginning to intermediate level workouts to get you started, see my article on how to exercise at home.
Motivation to exercise If you’re like most of us, you want to look great, feel healthy and be strong. Find out how you can overcome your busy schedule and put consistent effort toward the great looking, fit body that you want and need.
Reasons to exercise When did you stop exercising like you used to? Consistent exercise (and healthy eating) gives you the best chance for better health, more productive living, and a longer life.
Benefits of aerobic exercise The benefits of aerobic exercise come from positive changes in your heart, blood vessels, muscle cells, lungs and nervous system. Cardio training makes you able to work at a higher intensity with less effort. Current research even shows a major impact on brain functioning!
Body composition tests
Body mass index
Are you overweight, normal weight or obese? How do you compare with men or women of the same height? Health risk charts are included for your reference.
Find out how many inches you need to lose for better health. Learn proper waist measurement technique as you compare your waist line to averages for your gender and ethnicity.
Waist hip ratio
Studies show that having a small waist when compared to your hips will give you significant health benefits. Compare your measurements to healthy standards for your gender.
Obesity scale Analyze your results from the body composition tests and get a research-based health rating. Find out how every pound and inch of improvement counts.
Diet and weight loss
While there are no specific foods proven to cause weight loss, studies have shown that a nutrient-dense diet significantly lowers the risk for serious chronic disease. You can improve your diet significantly with 11 simple steps.
Comparing the calories burned during exercise can help you pick activities and plan workouts that help you lose weight faster. Compare 30 activities. Estimates are given for men and women in three weight classes.
Rockport Walking Test
This simple test makes it possible for non-athletes to find their VO2 Max. Walk 1 mile for time, and enter your heart rate into the fitness calculator. The better your score, the lower your risk for future health issues.
A 1.5 mile jog / run for runners and more athletic types. The Cooper Test also measures upper body strength with a maximum push up test. 1000s of people were tested in the research, so you will get a fair comparison to people in your age group.
Analyze your results from the Cooper Test and the Rockport Walking Test. See the average VO2 Max for your age group and find out how much you need to improve your fitness to lower your health risk significantly.
Body weight and your health
Research on obesity Key scientific findings on the obesity health epidemic. Trends in the statistics and the relationship between body weight and chronic disease are examined. Find out the impact of obesity on life expectancy and cost of living.
Childhood obesity facts Find out whether you (or your child) need to lose excess body fat, what difference it makes to be overweight, and what you can do about it.
I hope you enjoyed this article and it's perspective on losing weight. As a recap, here are my top 4 weight loss tips: Eat & exercise for your health first. Think of what your body can do for you. Remember what keeps you moving. Follow your doable exercise program.