#1 Set realistic goals and feel motivated.
Somebody rightly said “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” So first of all decide that you are going to achieve your health goals whatever it takes. Decide the exact amount of fat or weight that you wish to lose. For example “I want to lose 10 pounds in the next 30 days”. Write down your goal on a piece of paper or your health tracking application. Just thinking about it does not work. When we start, we think of unrealistic goals because we can think we can achieve them or we want to do it as soon as possible. But the end result is we either stop continuing or give up. So set realistic goals like 1-2 pounds per week. Daily motivation is very important, I say daily because it will give you new energy and excitement to continue for longer.
#2 Build a support system.
“You can’t do it all yourself. Don’t be afraid to rely on others to help you accomplish your goals.” What I mean by building a support system is that you need the resources to achieve your goals. Achieving health goals is like others goals of life, they need your hard work, dedication, persistence and motivation. So if you are not reading daily, then start reading for 10-15 minutes about being healthy. Read blogs, magazines etc. Make a group of people who also want to be healthy.
#3 Choose an exercise plan and commit to it.
Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Start exercising for 3-4 times a week. Building an exercise habit is crucial. You will start feeling more active and strong. Persistence is the key to permanent results. Here is a simple exercise routine you can start with:
10-15 minutes of running
10 push ups; 2-5 sets
Bent knee push ups
Jump rope (60 seconds); 2-5 sets
2-5 pull ups; 2-5 sets
#4 Build healthy eating habits.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Habit #1 Drink more water.
Habit #2 Eat more vegetables and fruits.
Habit #3 Avoid sweeteners.
Habit #4 Avoid junk food.
Habit #5 Exercise regularly.
Habit #6 Track your progress.
Habit #7 Track your calorie intake.
#5 Get acquainted about nutrition and monitor your water intake.
Our food contains carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats, fiber and other nutrients. Low carbohydrates and high protein based foods will give better and faster results but we have to understand how much of these nutrients are required based on our body type. Drink more water. 20 kilograms of our body weight requires one liter of water.
#6 Know about various body fats.
“One day I may be meeting you and hearing how you’ve changed your life by saying, ‘Farewell to Fat’.” Measure the below mentioned body parameters, which will help you in tracking your progress. Weight, Height, Body Mass Index, Body Overall Fat, Visceral Fat, Body Age, Daily Calories Required, Muscle strength, etc. Check these parameters on a daily or a weekly basis to know how far you have come.
#7 Track your progress.
“If you can measure it, you can’t achieve it.” Track your progress daily or weekly. Hard work fetches results.