Eat right and exercise
It seems like all my life, but of course it hasn't been that long, you hear, when someone's trying to figure out how to lose weight, they say eat right and exercise. I don't know about the rest of you, but that comment or statement has always left me feeling like, that's unrealistic. But it's actually easier and it sounds. The first thing that we need to do is change that statement to, understand your eating and don't stay in bed all day. Now you only have to be overwhelmed by the part of understanding the reading. And then respond, what, understand my eating, how in the whatever, am I supposed to do that. It's easy to get a food diary.
You do not need to go on or start an extensive exercise program. Just don't just sit on the couch all day or stay in bed all day but actually get up and do anything. Exercise is not the key to losing weight. Eating right is. Exercise is for getting fit and for maintaining your fitness level not for losing weight. Sure the side effect of exercise can be losing weight, but if exercise is how you think you're going to lose some weight you're going to be working too hard, and you're probably going to be getting discouraged, and whatever results you do see, you're probably going to lose them again, unless you continue exercising at that level for the rest of your life. Once again unrealistic.
Understanding your eating. The reason I say understanding your eating, and not eating right, is you realistically can not go from zero to a thousand and succeed. You need to go from 0 to 1 first. Once you've to mastered that try, 0 to 2 and so on and so forth. Small steps, baby steps, keep an open mind, it's more important to understand your weaknesses then your strength sometimes. You're making changes that you can live with for a lifetime, if you do things too quickly it's going to be overwhelming and you're going to get discouraged. When you start feeling discouraged and overwhelmed slow down and make some changes so that you can continue at your own pace. Your plans realistically are going to continue to evolve and change slowly. Building a plan that you can continue, for a lifetime, realistically that's going to take time because this is your plan.
Start reading about what you should be eating and what you should not be eating. Start reading about how much you should be eating. Start reading about how many calories you should get a day. Start reading about how many carbs you should get a day.
Start tracking your steps. If using Android you can turn on Google fit and try to keep your phone with you and Google fit will do a little bit of tracking on how active you are. Remember you're trying to figure out how active you are, your not try to prove that you're more active when you're not so in the beginning just figure out how active you are. I'm sure Apple fit probably does something similar I honestly have no idea I don't really care.
Start tracking your eating. Once again it's not time to make changes yet it's not time to prove you're healthier than you are its time to figure out what you're eating, time to find an eating diary. I use Fatsecret on my Android. Log your meals and snacks. Fatsecret makes it easy, it remembers the things that you eat for lunch, supper, breakfast, snacks so the second time around and you can pick them off a list. It has a camera function you can take pictures of barcodes. It has a lot of search options in a large listing of everything everybody else in the world is eating so it's a lot easier than finding a pencil and paper and sitting down in front of your computer with Google trying to figure out how many calories are in a pickle. There are also lots of little tricks that you can use like if you recently ate the same thing for lunch but now it's breakfast you pretend you're logging something for lunch and then you change it to breakfast before you shut the app down.
Once you figured out what you're doing then you start making small changes to do better. and once you've handled the small changes you make more small changes and you continue making small changes when you're ready until you're seeing the results that you want and you make sure you keep things realistic and you keep things easy enough that you're not going to quit the moment things get tough. And when you want a bowl of ice cream they eat the bowl of ice cream. and you try to work on controlling those cravings so that you're not eating that bowl of ice cream every time you turn around. And you know what sometimes you really need a bowl of ice cream. We'll talk again later.