Losing weight is not easy. If anyone tells you it is, do not believe them or follow their diet. It takes a lot of work and effort. But if you do it right, you will get the weight off and keep it off. Your whole lifestyle and mindset will change for the better. Once you start a healthy lifestyle, it will be easier to maintain. Right now, you may have some good and bad health habits. If you have mostly bad ones, you will likely see more dramatic results of changing them. There are 4 components to lose weight. If you modify one, you might see some results. But if you modify all four at once, you will see some big results! They are:  eating, drinking, exercise, and activity levels.

Healthy eating means modifying everything you eat. Think about your food choices and try to choose a healthier option. There is always a healthier option. You do not always have to choose the healthiest one, but at least take baby steps in the right direction. The more dramatic you are in your choices, the faster and greater the WEIGHT LOSS!!!
Healthy drinking means modifying everything you drink. What do you presently drink? Is there something better, healthier or with less calories? Start cutting out the ones that give you lots of calories with no nutrition. Then start working on the others (or modifying them). DRINK MORE WATER!!!
Healthy exercise means starting or increasing your workouts. This is how a lot of people get hurt, so be wise. Work up to 30 minutes, 5x/week. Then work up to 45 minutes, 5-7x/week. Then work up to 60 minutes, 5-7x/week. Be sure to do both cardio and strength training. Consider interval training. Classes like Zumba and spinning are great tools! Jogging and/or walking (fast) are also great and convenient choices.
Healthy activity level means GETTING OFF THE COUCH! Start standing more and sitting less. Start watching less TV. Stand when you are on your laptop. Look for opportunities to stand up and walk around. See every chance to get up and move as a calorie-burner. Do more housework/yardwork. Walk the dog more. Start a more active hobby. Run around with your kids (and pets) in your backyard. BE MORE ACTIVE!!!

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I am a Physical Therapist and Ergonomics Consultant, based out of Columbia, SC. My passion is to write about and speak about pain/injury prevention. I started Pain Talks as a consulting business in 2018.

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