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A common-sense approach to weight loss through a healthy diet and exercise.  You'll find helpful tips and links to useful weight loss resources. If you're tired of the fast and easy hype used to sell you expensive stuff, you'll like these pages.

Weight Loss Management Tips

Fast And Easy Weight Loss:  Not!  If you're like me, the heading probably tempted you to go somewhere else.  We've all heard and seen the weight loss programs and gimmicks that claim we can lose weight with little or no trouble while eating and exercising as much or as little as we want.  What if I promised that I had a slow and difficult weight loss program...would you want that?  Actually, weight loss is simple.  Good weight loss management has more energy (calories) going out than coming in your body.  It's that simple!  Just because it's simple doesn't make it easy.  To understand the process more thoroughly, try these recent top-selling books on weight loss and weight management.  Weight loss requires the discipline to do the right things and not do the wrong things.  OH, look at that!  I used the "D" word in the first paragraph.  It's actually a slap at myself for knowing, but not doing what it takes.  If you and I both feel slapped, read on.  This article is for us.  If you're still looking for fast and easy, maybe some of the ads on this page will interest you.  Here's some weight loss management information from the National Institute of Health.

I'm slapping myself because I've lost hundreds of pounds trying to lose the last 40 to get to my goal...180 pounds.  It's like I'm stuck in this 15 pound range between 215 and 230.  The sad fact is, I've prolonged my suffering by not sticking to the plan.  Well, I'm not staying here.  Maybe we could lose together.  I'm tired of being out of energy and afraid of the long-term risks of being this much overweight.  I already have type II Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol and high triglycerides.  I'm managing my Diabetes without medicine, but unless I get my weight down I'm facing serious troubles in not too many years.

Weight Loss Problems And Eating Disorders:   This article is for people who are 1-15 % overweight and want to pick up some tools to add to their weight loss management toolbox.  It isn't really for people with serious weight loss problems like mine (food addiction).  If you're seriously overweight, have trouble staying on a diet until you've reached your goal, have continued to lose weight past your goal, or if you've begun to use vomiting or laxatives to control your weight, you should be looking at the Eating Disorder articles in our Weight Problems menu.  Eating disorders require special treatment which should include a medical doctor. 

Weight Loss Management Tip-Attitude:   Attitude is the heart of weight loss management.  When I had the right attitude and a strong motivation, I found it relatively easy to lose 60 pounds in six months.  Since then, my attitude about weight has been that it's important, but not essential, to be a healthy weight.  I would diet, then not, with little regard for results.  This type of attitude won't work!  For me, focusing on the bad things that will happen doesn't motivate me long-term.  The right attitude involves focusing on the positive things we can do if we're the right weight.  Finally wear that bathing suit, be able to ski, stream fish, have pants stay in place, have the energy and stamina to do the things we love, have the longevity to spend with people we love or long-term life goals.  Instead of thinking of ourselves as overweight, if we'd begin to affirm who we want to be, we will start growing in that direction, with weight loss being a natural outgrowth of the dreams and goals we have.  If we focus, instead, on how hard it is, how we've failed in the past, or the bulge we see in the mirror, no weight loss program will succeed for us, long-term.  ABCs of Weight Loss... -a good site for resources.

"As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."  Solomon, 3,000 years ago

Weight Loss Management Tip-Healthy Diets:  Now that we've had an attitude adjustment, we're in a position to consider a healthy diet.  The three most important things to look for in a healthy weight loss diet are; nutrition, sustainability and transition to weight maintenance lifestyle.  On our page, Balanced Diet Information, we look at various popular plans in light of these 3 things.  Here are some dietary guidelines from the USDA.

Weight Loss Management Tip-Benefits To Exercise:  Once we've started the right diet, it's time to get our blood pumping.  Just as a healthy diet is balanced, a healthy life-style includes both diet and exercise.  Remember our formula (more going out than coming in)!  Exercise is the "going out" part of the formula.  Besides weight loss, there are many benefits to a good exercise program.  We'll take a look at some of the popular weight loss exercise programs and equipment on our page, Benefits To Exercise.

Conclusion:  Unless you have an eating disorder or addiction, it's very possible to lose weight and live a very healthy lifestyle without expensive diet plans, seminars, retreats, surgery, equipment or guru's.  What it does take is the discipline to make the right diet and exercise choices every day...with a day off for good behavior every once in a while.  The only thing I've found that can motivate us to discipline ourselves is a positive outlook on our how our lives will be once we reach our weight goals.  Sometimes it's hard to have that positive outlook when we see a bunch of negative stuff around us.  If you have a challenge getting motivated to stay on a weight loss program, you may want to change your outlook with an "in-look".  We need help to believe the future holds wonderful things.  I got that help from God.  If you want help from God to have a positive outlook to make your weight loss goals, click on God help me.

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