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First Steps in Diet and Weight Loss

Before beginning any weight loss plan, it is always recommended to contact a health care professional.

Even before then, it is good to sit down and ask a few questions: Am I physically and emotionally ready to begin weight loss? Are there other issues that I need to address before beginning? Can I change my lifestyle and eating habits permanently to start weight loss and maintain my ideal weight?

These and many more are important questions that should be considered before starting a weight loss regimen. Underlying issues or concerns, in addition to health problems could be the reason why most people lose weight and eventually gain it back and then some. This is true, even when a medical professional is sought to perform weight reduction surgery, one must first go through counseling sessions before being able to participate in the surgery.

First Steps in Diet and Weight Loss

With the recent passing of the Obama Administration’s Health Care bill, it will hopefully give many more Americans access to affordable health care and be able to keep themselves healthy without going bankrupt. Seeking a nutritionist is another way to determine what eating habits someone has and whether or not those habits are beneficial or harmful. Keeping a diary of what is eaten on a daily basis is another way to see what is being consumed. It can include tracking what was eaten, how much, what time, and even mood and surroundings. This is one way to begin to determine eating style and it is relatively cheap since it would only require a pen and paper to track progress.

Another method to determine eating habits would be to ask a loved one. Be honest and willing to accept what is stated because their answer will help prepare for what is in store along this journey. See if someone is able to discuss things like overeating or eating the wrong foods when stressed or late at night eating a little more than is necessary. Other tendencies or habits may include filling the plate with a little too much food or eating seconds and thirds or eating too fast, or reading/watching TV while eating.

Losing weight and dieting is not an easy task. Getting as much help as possible is relevant to long-term success and ensuring that most importantly being satisfied will assist with successful completion. Making a plan and sticking to it is the best strategy and even during times when there may be a slip or step off track (whether it be one snack, meal, day, or week). Just remember that it is ok to have a lapse once in a while and your diet plan can even include some favorite rewards. Moderation is the key to eating what you want when you want.

First Steps in Diet and Weight Loss

Final Steps
Last, what it all comes down to is funds, money, and the dollar amount. For some, healthier foods aren’t affordable. Although this can be true, adjusting what is being eaten and using certain substitutions for items that cannot be purchase will ease the strain of not being able to get exactly what is needed. For instance, purchasing one type of fruit or vegetable whether it is fresh, canned or frozen instead of buying a lot of different varieties. Then on your next shopping trip, purchase enough to last a few days or week until you can shop again. Shop local markets to see if the items are cheaper so you can get more. Add seasonings to lower priced items to give them more flavor, or mix and match foods to discover different meals. It will be amazing how making the simplest changes will help on the journey to a desired weight or eating habits.