Thursday, February 11, 2010
Easy as 1, 2, 3
When we take on any challenge, it helps to break it down into small, easy to accomplish steps. This process works well for weight loss also. Here are a few highly effective ways to take off extra pounds. This is just to get you started. Use your imagination - I'm sure you'll come up with great ideas of your own.
1. Eat oatmeal for breakfast. The key here is to begin your day with whole, high fiber foods. Oatmeal is simple, fast and easy to power-up with fruit. Instant oatmeal or old-fashioned – from a fiber standpoint it makes no difference, so choose whichever variety fits your taste and schedule best. Oatmeal is also transportable. Here’s an idea – put dry oats in a thermos, add hot water, and let it cook on the go. Or keep a supply of uncooked oats at work and just add boiling water. You will be amazed how much more energy you have if you fuel up in the morning.
2. Pick up the pace. This is more than just increasing how much you move during the day. I’m talking about moving with attitude! Instead of just strolling across the parking lot, tighten those stomach muscles, swing your arms, and pick up the pace. The extra effort burns fat. You'll look and feel better...and get much more done in a day.
3. Focus on today. It may seem overwhelming if you say, “I have to start eating breakfast and exercising every day for the rest of my life.” But all of us can take small steps for just one day. So make a simple plan each day, for that day alone. “Today I will eat a big bowl of oatmeal with sliced apples and cinnamon sprinkled on top, and I will use both of my 15-minute work breaks to take a brisk walk.” Before long the healthy goals you set each day will become habits you can’t live without.The author submits this blog posting as a health educator and not in any other capacity. You should seek the advice of your physician regarding a personal health condition or before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.