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Tips for the Weight loss Challenge

Toni Ann DiSantis

Getting Started

The key to a successful weight loss program is to not call is a diet. Instead, you should be creating a way of life. It will lead to a healthier, happier life all around. A healthy lifestyle has great rewards. Not only will you have more energy and become more active, you could potentially need less medication or treatments for certain health conditions. Being active and eating right will make it easier to participate in activities with your friends and family. It will allow you to join in on activities or become a part of a group that you may have skipped out on before.

Healthy Eating

Your metabolism is an essential part of your weight loss. A great way to jump start your metabolism is by eating 5-6 times a day. This would include 3 small meals and two snacks of 200 calories or less. The best way to stick with this by creating an eating schedule that is best for you. You should plan your meals to be about 3 hours apart, with one snack between each meal. Once you set up your eating schedule your body will be able to tell you when it’s time to eat, but you have to give it time. Your Body needs to adjust. This may be difficult at first, but just push through it and stick to your plan! Before you know it you will be on your way to eating healthy naturally. Try to incorporate lean protein into each meal. Four to five ounces of lean meats such as turkey, chicken, fish, or beef are great sources of proteins. To ensure you are using a lean cut, look for less than 10 grams of fat. Eggs, low fat dairy, beans, and lentils are alternative sources of proteins.

Exercise

Aim for 30-40 minutes of cardio at least 3 times a week. Walking, bike riding, or playing sports are great outdoor activities. At the gym using the treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike are great options. Group exercise classes are also a fun way to get in cardio. Try zumba, spinning, kickboxing, or anything that gets your heart rate up. You know your body and its limitations so take it slow to ensure you stick with the program and reach your goal!