There Is No Secret

There is no quick trick, seed or root, or perfect exercise routine that you just haven't heard about yet that will give you immediate results to lose weight and get in shape. Like anything else in life, good things come to those who wait. However, in this case good things come to those who work hard, have patience, and don't beat themselves up for minor bumps in the road.

 If you have a goal to lose weight, whether it is 5lbs or 500lbs, you need to know that it takes time. The human body was not necessarily designed to "lose weight."

 If losing weight is indeed your goal, then the fact is you will need to make sure you have a few things added to your daily and/or weekly routine: eat healthy, stay active, reduce stress, and get an adequate amount of sleep every night.

Eating healthy doesn't just refer to eating foods that are as unprocessed as possible, it also means having a colorful diet of vegetables and fruits rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Make sure your portions are realistic. Learning how to gauge portion sizes is an invaluable asset. Once you have this mastered, calorie counting becomes a thing of the past.

Staying active can include living a moderately active daily lifestyle and adding in weight-bearing exercises in order to develop or maintain lean body mass. This is also important for bone density, cardiovascular strength and endurance. All of the above lead to a healthier internal world. This doesn't mean hours at the gym, in fact many of my clients don't ever step foot in a gym. Together we work to develop creative ways to utilize the space inside (sometimes outside, weather permitting) their homes to do callisthenic and weight bearing exercise routines. This saves a lot of time for many of them, and they realize time is really not a viable excuse.

Stress reduction is a beast unto itself. Stress is bad. The way the body responds to stress on a physiological level works against us in our goal of weight loss, and this is completely out of our control. For most people stress is inevitable, and some phases of life are more stressful than others. But there are many tools and strategies available for coping with stress or learning to reduce stressors.

This leads into another factor that is sometimes out of our control: sleep patterns. Many times we don't get enough sleep because it truly seems as though there aren't enough hours in the day. For this all I can say is try. Try to find a way to make sleep as high on your priority list as you possibly can. When you sleep your body is able to regulate your hormones, which are a MAJOR factor in weight loss and weight gain.

Your best bet is to develop a routine that works best for you. A routine where you are not overwhelmed by what to eat, when to eat, how much to exercise, what exercises are best for you based on your goals, and how to manage your stress while getting an adequate amount of sleep. Start with small changes to your regular routine; ones that are undeniably attainable and immediately gratifying if possible. Then slowly, week by week, continue to tweak your lifestyle so you can clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you need help, get help. Find a professional to help guide you and help you set your path.