John Basedow: Committing to lose weight is a challenging goal, but it can be even more daunting for adults with thirty or more pounds to lose. The right diet and training plan however, can get you on track to losing the weigh you want. Start small, build big and keep control along the way.
Don't attempt a thousand sit ups or try to run a mile the first day of your fitness program and then give up when you can't reach it. Find out your current max and try to beat it everyday. Don't worry what other people are doing, only compete with yourself.
Do a little bit more each day and you'll be on track. Weigh loss comes from both exercise and a well rounded diet. Cut out bad foods gradually to save yourself from withdrawal. Biologically it takes four to six weeks to stop craving the garbage and start craving new better foods. Make it a goal to cut or reduce the amount of sugar and white foods like bread and pasta in your diet. Don't make yourself miserable, just make better bad choices.
Losing weight feels great, but prepare yourself for the plateau many people face. At first a significant amount of weight loss comes from water loss. Dropping a lot of weigh is shocking to the body, but it will adjust. Realistically, you can expect to lose one to three pounds a week. So don't fall for pills and supplements that promise otherwise. Don't let your routine become stale and quit. Change up your routine every four to six weeks and keep your body guessing, alternate what exercises you do and what muscle groups you target.
Starting your new exercise and diet plan with realistic expectations will set you on the right track to finally shedding those unwanted pounds.