For those that are wanting to lose weight and start an exercise program, there are many ways to do so. For healthy weight loss, you want to find a program that is a long term solution and not just a crash diet. One way to start to learn how to control your weight is to start counting calories. Often just the process of counting calories can make you more mindful of what you are eating so that you start to portion control or stop eating things that have so many calories. You can get a free app for your smartphone so you can always look up how many calories.
After you have added up all your calories for each meal you will know when you have to stop eating or if you have to eat something different. This is a great way to become more aware of how fattening or calorie-laden certain foods are. After a while you will start to know that doughnuts are a poor choice for breakfast and oatmeal with stevia is a much better choice.
As a general rule you want to eat foods that come from real food that you recognize on the ingredient list. Processed foods are a poor choice for weight loss since they are filled with all kinds of chemicals that are fattening and denourishing. You should aim to eat foods that you have cooked yourself since they will be more wholesome.
You need to combine a mindful eating plan with exercise and fitness. Pilates classes, yoga classes or gyrotonic can be a great way to get trim and toned. Choose a 2-4 days a week that you can devote at least 40 minutes to your fitness regime. Have a friend or spouse join you so that you can keep it social and it will be something you look forward to instead of something that you are just trying to endure. You can also choose fitness activities like swimming or playing soccer that your kids will enjoy as well. Little kids love dancing so just turn on some music and start dancing with your little ones. If you have a dog, you can plan to go on long walks with your dog or just throw a frisbee or ball in the back yard so that you can both get a workout and it can be a bonding session for both of you.
Amy Backer the owner of Bodylogic Pilates - http://www.bodylogicpilates.com. She earned her BFA degree in Dance at the University of Colorado and her teaching certificate from the internationally renowned PILATES Center of Boulder in 2002.
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