About a year ago, 25-year-old Lucas Irwin made a promise to himself that he would succeed. At the time, Lucas moved the scales at 300 pounds and had struggled with the burden of obesity all of his life. In late December of 2012 he made a pledge to himself to take off weight. He also decide to keep his decision a secret from family and friends.
Lucas changed his eating habits and restricted himself to 1,350 calories per day, all the while keeping a food diary in which he recorded all that he ate for a year.
Although he did not use family or friends for support, he did rely on a social media community for diet tips as he regularly posted his progress. At around the seven month mark, he also began a program of exercise.
Doing the Right Things
If it is your intention to lose weight, the most logical starting point is an assessment of your eating habits. Oily foods, fried foods and junk foods will need to go. Do not skip meals. Doing so can compromise health.
Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables. If you feel fatigued or exhausted, add iron-rich foods to your diet. The first point of intervention will be to change what you eat. You cannot eat as you always have and expect to lose weight.
A food diary can be an important tool when trying to lose weight. It can help you monitor what you eat and how many calories you consume. It can be used to plan out meals and be a guide for any adjustments you need to make.
Another useful tool for helping with weight loss is the support group. Social support has been shown to directly correlate with maintaining weight loss, while family support is least effective because members often limit how much they wish to get involved.
Those who have lost weight and maintained the loss use group support about 80% of the time for the help and encouragement that a group provides. It also has been shown that those who lose and regain weight seek social support only 38% of the time. Evidence also suggests that the greater the amount of social support a person has, the better the weight loss.
While dieting will certainly help to take off pounds, exercise will help to keep them off. Beyond that, exercise has been shown to improve mood, promote better sleep, and prevent disease.
Thirty minutes of moderate exercise daily will have disease prevention benefits,60 minutes will help with weight maintenance, and 90 minutes will address both.
Lucas Irwin employed all of these methods and can attest to their success. As a matter of fact, he can state 130 reasons as to why it can work if a person only gives it a sincere try.
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Published On: January 09, 2014