Once it turns Spring, it seems like a great deal of people start trying to work out, eat right and/or start dieting.  I say this because I have seen videos from people I subscribe to on YouTube put up videos on either dieting or trying to live a healthier lifestyle.  Now as most of you know, I am not a proponent of diets nor do I think it is a good idea to start restricting yourself from everything you are accustomed to at one time.

It worries me when I see videos or hear people talking about fad diets, such as HCG, Master Cleanse or South Beach diets.  Yes, you may see results quickly.  But, one thing that must be taken into consideration is how this is affecting your body….your metabolism.  Diets can be harmful and I feel people forget that fact.  I’ve even done a post on it before as some of you may recall.

My philosophy is in most instances it did not take an individual 5 – 30 days to put on the weight they wish to lose.  Therefore, it shouldn’t take 5 – 30 days to lose the weight.  Adjusting your eating habits is not easy.  It takes true dedication and desire.  A person needs to ease into the process not jump!  Change one thing every week or two.  A person should eat 3 – 4 meals a day along with 2 – 3 snacks.  If you follow this suggestion, then my advice would be to change one meal/snack at a time.

For instance, start with the first meal of the day.  If you normally don’t eat breakfast, start doing that now.  Do that for a week to two weeks.  Once you have that down, then move on to your first healthy snack.  If you continue to follow this process until all meals/snacks have been changed, in at least two and a half months you will have changed your eating lifestyle.  Therefore if you followed this method the likeliness of a person falling off are very slim.  Now you have a good foundation because 80% of keeping off unwanted pounds and fat is nutrition.  This must be in tact BEFORE you start a work out program.

Next you can work on an exercise program.  Again, with this you want to ease in as well.  Start off taking a 30 minute walk after dinner.  Do this for 2 – 3 weeks to start building that foundation.  The goal during this period is to get up your endurance.  To get into the mindset of doing some form of exercise.  Also, you can start parking further away from the door of wherever you are going.  For instance, when you go to the grocery store, park towards the back instead of looking for the closest to the entrance.  Do that where ever you go.  Whether its the grocery store, work, mall, etc.  After, the three weeks have been completed start incorporating weight training (burns more calories).  For weight training all you need are some dumbbells an exercise ball, a chair and a mat.  That’s it.  If you are able to go to a gym that is fantastic.  But, in these economic times cheaper is always better!

Okay, now you have a good idea where to start.  I will address this in further detail in the “Healthy Living’ series (working title) I will be doing.  I will provide lists of foods, sample meal plans and workout routines.  I am currently in a walking cast (pulled achilles tendon).  Therefore, there is only so much I can show regarding workout routines for the lower body.  But, since we are starting with food, I hope to be out of this thing before the workouts start.

I hope I didn’t bore you and that you found this helpful.  Please comment and let me know your thoughts on this new series.  Let me know what you would like to see.  If you have diet restrictions let me know that as well.  I want to make this series helpful to all individuals.  Also, if you have a suggestion for the title let me know that as well!

Cheers,

TCFC

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