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See How You Don’t Have To Start Your Weight Loss Journey Sweaty!

See How You Don’t Have To Start Your Weight Loss Journey Sweaty!

Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to lose weight?

Maybe you’ve even had some success, but struggled to stick to a diet or exercise plan in the long term?

Don’t panic.

Many of the weight loss plans advertised online, in books, and on the covers of magazines simply aren’t sustainable. It’s not you that’s the problem – it’s the diets.

So, what is the best way to lose weight? By removing unhealthy foods, one step at a time.

No more feeling overwhelmed or trapped by a difficult diet or exercise regime – you’ll make real, long-term changes in a way that feels easy and natural.

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    Don’t try these techniques to lose weight

    There is so much information on how to lose weight, particularly online, that’s it hard to know where to begin. Lots of the weight loss advice you see on the internet simply isn’t helpful – it’s not sustainable, and it won’t help you stay healthy in the long term.

    Here’s what to avoid.

    Going on fad diets: these harm your body.

    It’s tempting to jump on the bandwagon with fad diets, but try and resist. Fads like the baby food diet, the alkaline diet, and diets which focus on avoiding fats have all been slammed by nutritionists. [1] It’s also been shown that counting calories doesn’t work well. [2]

    Trying every trendy workout routine

    Getting caught up in trying every new workout routine you hear about can feel just as overwhelming as hopping from diet to diet. Should you focus on HIIT workouts? Or is yoga the best? How many hours a week should you spend exercising? What if you’re working out wrong?

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    It’s enough to make you want to quit exercising altogether.

    Eating new superfoods

    ‘Amazing New Superfood Doubles Weight Loss’

    We’ve all clicked on headlines like this, hoping for a miracle cure to our weight problems. While some so-called ‘superfoods’ can be good for you, they won’t substitute a well-rounded healthy diet and lifestyle.

    Losing motivation again? Here’s why.

    You are too harsh on yourself.

    “I’ll run for an hour each morning, swim for an hour after work, and avoid all desserts and fizzy drinks.”

    It’s great to be enthusiastic about your weight loss, but plans like the one above rarely last long. You need to be realistic when planning your weight loss journey, instead of setting loads of difficult goals you know you’ll struggle to achieve. Instead of trying to quit everything at once, focus on making small changes to your diet.

    You expect to see overnight results.

    Losing weight is a process. If you expect to drop two sizes after a week of dieting, you’re setting yourself up to fail. Set realistic goals so you don’t get disheartened.

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    You focus on one-off actions, instead of building habits.

    Ever been to the gym for a single class, then wondered why you weren’t seeing a change on the scales? Or quit chocolate for a week, and been disappointed when you didn’t lose weight? Losing weight isn’t about one-off actions – you need to build habits which will last the rest of your life.

    Building good habits is the one way to lose weight effectively.

    So, how do you start to build the habits that will help you lose weight?

    Well, it’s been shown that building a habit takes only 7 days, as long as you do it right.

    Here’s what to do:

    • Start with baby steps. Make your new habit super-easy – something like, ‘Stop drinking fizzy drinks at work.’

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      • Change your environment. Set yourself up for success by filling your fridge with healthy food, sticking up motivational post-it notes and not buying junk food.
      • Stick your habits together. Try combining habits to make them stick. For example, you could make it a habit write a weekly meal plan while relaxing after your Sunday jog.

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        • Break your large goals down into smaller ones. Your large goal could be to lose weight, while your small goal could be to cut out one unhealthy food this week.
        • Reward yourself. When you reward yourself for completing a habit, you strengthen it. Try jumping in the air, giving yourself a big smile in the mirror, or reciting positive affirmations each time you make a good food choice.
        • Avoid too much choice. Create your habits, make them specific, and stick to them. Too much choice overwhelms us, hence the need to avoid fad diets and workout routines.

        Cut one unhealthy food out of your diet today.

        Follow the steps above, and try eliminating just one of your least favourite junk foods from your diet. Do this each day for 7 days. Once you’ve managed that, you can gradually start to avoid other ‘bad’ foods, replacing them with new, healthy snacks and meals.

        Here are some great replacement ideas to get you started:

        • Fizzy drinks: fruit smoothies or herbal teas.
        • Cheeseburger and fries: veggie burger and sweet potato fries.
        • Sweets: nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
        • Potato chips: vegetable crisps, flavoured nuts.

        Cutting out one food at a time much easier than giving up all your favourite treats cold turkey, so you’ll be much more likely to succeed.

        Weight loss is a journey.

        Start by eliminating just one bad food, and you’ll be one step closer to where you want to be.

        Stop jumping from diet to diet, desperate to reach your ultimate end goal. Instead, take it one step at a time to build healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

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        Eloise is an everyday health expert and runs My Vegan Supermarket, a vegan blog and database of supermarket products.

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        10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

        10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

        Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

        In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

        These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

        1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

        Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

        But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

        Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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        2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

        You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

        The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

        3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

        If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

        Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

        If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

        4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

        Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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        To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

        In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

        5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

        We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

        If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

        Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

        “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

        6. Give for the Joy of Giving

        When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

        One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

        So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

        7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

        Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

        Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

        8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

        When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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        So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

        9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

        Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

        It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

        It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

        10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

        There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

        But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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        Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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