Ways to Lose Weight, Losing Weight Tips, Weight Loss Success

If you’re trying to lose weight and not getting the results you’re looking for, there could be dozens of possible reasons. Assuming your difficulty in losing weight is not the result of medical conditions, hormonal issues, problems with compulsive eating, or prescription drug side effects, then the reasons can probably be traced to one of the following causes:

  1. Excessive, unhealthy snacking habits between meals and after dinner
  2. Often or always getting “seconds” after finishing your first plate of food
  3. Eating donuts or pastry every morning with your coffee
  4. Making it a consistent habit to have dessert after dinner every night (Exeption: Healthy Desserts*)
  5. Eating a full-sized sub sandwich for lunch when a half of a sub would be nearly as satisfying
  6. Disregarding calorie listings on restaurant menus and just ordering whatever is the most decadent
  7. Going grocery shopping when you’re hungry
  8. Always making sure you’re stocked up on ice cream, chips, cookies, cheese and crackers, and other delicious but high-fat/high calorie foods
  9. Having a sedentary life style (avoiding unnecessary physical movement, including exercising, walking, sports activities, fitness classes, walking, stretching, yoga, etc.)
  10. Overindulging at Happy Hour on a regular basis (beer, chicken wings, chips, and high-calorie cocktails)

There are countless reasons you may be having difficulty losing weight or getting beyond a weight loss plateau, but since excessive body weight has been linked to a variety of serious health risks, it’s an issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The healthy weight loss tips I’m offering in this blog post are mostly based on common sense, observation of myself and others, and a lifelong curiosity about nutrition, fitness, and health.

If you’re having difficulty losing weight, the root cause of your problems may be a lack of awareness of the quantity and quality of food you’re eating every day. When dealing with potential or actual health issues, it’s essential to seek out accurate, authoritative, and personalized advice. A consultation with your physician and/or a certified dietician is an essential first step when you’re interested in losing weight safely and effectively. If you’re one of those people who want to lose weight without exercise, you’re in good company! Whether you’re intimidated by health club environments or you think you don’t have time to exercise on a regular basis, your hesitancy is understandable. Realize, however, that it may be just an excuse for venturing outside of your comfort zone. Very often the starting point for developing a strong and healthy body is to stretch the boundaries of your inner strength and self image. If you’ve been telling yourself that you’re not the kind of person who joins gyms, exercise classes, or sports clubs, perhaps you’ve been imposing self-defeating restrictions and limitations on yourself.

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reviewing a self-improvement course that has been providing me with some helpful tools for examining and revising my self image and identifying flawed assumptions. Manifestation Miracle offers valuable insights into analyzing your strengths and weaknesses, and making the most of your talents, capabilities, and human potential. The creators of this program also offer a free personalized assessment , sample guided meditations, and other resources. I haven’t completed my review of the entire program yet because there’s a lot to it, but I have picked up some helpful strategies for expanding positive things in my life and dismantling negative thought patterns and self-limiting beliefs.

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–Joel

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Weight Loss Inspiration

When it comes to weight loss inspiration, “nothing succeeds like success.” To say it another way: One of the strongest sources of inspiration is the feeling you get when you see yourself making progress toward a weight loss or fitness goal. That’s why it’s so important to set yourself up for success from the beginning, rather than setting yourself up for failure by working toward unrealistic goals for losing weight quickly. While it is possible to lose weight relatively quickly by following a strict doctor-supervised diet and/or sticking to a rigorous exercise program, losing weight does not have to be that difficult. By developing a moderate amount of self discipline and making a firm mental commitment to shed those extra pounds (and keep them off), you can make steady progress toward achieving an improved body shape without setting yourself up for discouragement or failure.
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Finding the weight loss inspiration inside you often begins with “the power of intention.” One of the authorities on the subject of the power of intention is Dr. Wayne Dyer. For the past 25 years or so, he’s been one of my primary sources of inspiration on my path to personal development.

Sources of Weight Loss Inspiration

If you’re having trouble losing weight and need some weight loss inspiration, here are some ideas, resources, and motivational tools which may help.

    1. Weight loss “before and after” pictures and weight loss success stories: Since “seeing is believing” and “a picture is worth 1000 words,” seeing visual proof of someone else’s progress in losing weight can make it seem more possible and attainable to you. It’s only natural to think that “if they can do it, maybe I can, too!” Once you’ve made that mental shift, you’re thinking in terms of possibilities rather than obstacles or limitations. That puts you in a much stronger position to begin losing weight, overcome your weight loss plateau, improve your appearance, and become healthier.
    2. Surround yourself with inspirational words, images, messages, and people. Although you should always keep in mind that inspiration comes from inside you, favorable external conditions can help facilitate that process. Inspirational posters, books, videos, CDs, subliminal MP3s, and positive affirmations can help create the positive mindset and motivation necessary for any kind of lifestyle change or achievement.
    3. If you need help losing weight, it would make a difference to work with a personal trainer, a certified dietician, or someone else you can depend on to encourage, challenge, and hold you accountable for staying on a weight loss plan or exercise program. Refusing help when you’re struggling to lose weight and refusing to lean on other people for support and encouragement is self defeating. Very often the first step to moving past weight loss plateaus and achieving healthy weight loss is admitting that you need help and that you can’t do it alone. While it’s good to be self reliant whenever possible, there’s nothing wrong with reaching out to friends, relatives, support groups, trainers, dieticians, exercise instructors, or other professionals.
    4. Some people derive weight loss inspiration from turning to techniques and practices like meditation, hypnosis or self hypnosis, and The Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction is a set of principles and concepts that has gained a lot of attention over the past decade or so because of the writings, videos, websites, and seminars of thought- leaders like Esther and Jerry Hicks, Rhonda Byrne (The Secret), and others. One of the ways The Law of Attraction can help you with weight loss inspiration is by encouraging you to clearly visualize your desired outcome and to hold that image, and the positive feelings that accompany it, in your mind. When you can learn to accomplish that, through practice and focused attention, then you no longer have to rely on external weight loss inspiration to achieve your health and fitness goals.

To assist you with weight loss inspiration, I’ve included some helpful links*, inspirational posters, and motivational tools in this blog post.

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Thanks!

–Joel

BTW…
You may also be interested in the spiritual and personal development ideas shared in a few of my other sites: How to Find Love in 2015 , Strategies for Being Happy and Healthy, and The Zen of Marketing Strategy.

More Weight Loss Posters:

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Weight Loss Motivation

Motivation for Weight Loss: The Fuel That Propels Your Progress

At one time or another, just about everyone has heard the ‘statistic’ that most people only use about 10% of the brain or their brain’s potential. I don’t know if that number has been tweaked over the years, but to me, it seems extremely arbitrary. I mean, how do they come up with that number? How could they (scientists, I guess) measure someone’s actual ability to learn and accomplish things vs how much they’ve developed their potential as thinkers, achievers, and self-actualized human beings? Well, since the topic of this blog post is “weight loss motivation”, maybe I should veer to far from my intended theme.

There, of course, IS a connection between the vast potential of your brain and your ability to motivate yourself to lose weight or surmount any other challenge, for that matter–the big question is: “How can I ACCESS the intrinsic ability to be motivated and inspired to lose those extra pounds?” Well it’s been said that the two main motivators in life are the avoidance of pain (or things that are fear-inducing) and the pursuit of pleasure.

Weight Loss Motivation Examples

Some people need extreme motivation to lose weight, such as an ultimatum from their doctor, spouse, or significant other. For example, if somewhat is morbidly obese or just seriously overweight, their physician might say to them, “If you don’t lose at least 50 pounds in the very near future, you’re not going to be around to see your kids grow up or [fill in the blank with some other emotionally-charged motivator]. So fear is one of the primary motivators in the human psyche that forces people to get of their duffs and exercise, see a dietician and follow their recommendations, or get on some sort of weight loss program. (It goes without saying that any weight loss program, exercise regimen, or weight loss diet should have the blessing of your doctor and/or a registered dietician.) Other things to be aware of  (and motivated by) is the fact that being overweight can increase your chances of developing everything from diabetes to cancer, so–when you stop and think about it–there are tons of reasons to avoid eating that pint of ice cream, every night, and polishing off a bag of potato chips when you’re watching that classic romance movie, reality show, or football game.

When you stop and think about… and that’s what you really need to do to stir up some weight loss motivation in your brain… there are a dozen or more solid reasons for you to make up your mind to lose excess weight you’re carrying around. Perhaps the first step to motivating yourself to lose weight is to come up with your own list of reasons and weight loss motivations. Everyone has different reasons for wanting to (or needing to) lose weight, so the starting point to a weight loss program should be self reflection. Why is losing weight important to you, your family, and your future? If you’re trying to conjure up some weight loss motivation to change your eating, exercising, and lifestyle habits, then here are a few helpful ideas to keep in mind:

  1. In order to look your best for yourself and other people who matter, your clothing should fit properly without being tight or straining against any part of your anatomy. Maintaining a healthy and height-appropriate weight can benefit your love life, your chances for career advancement, and your self esteem.
  2. Exercising and losing excess weight almost invariably brings with it more vigor and energy, which can make you more productive, happier, and more fun to be around.
  3. If you’ve packed on pounds in places where it doesn’t belong, it’s most likely taken a heavy toll on your self esteem. What people sometimes forget about self esteem is that it has a profound effect on important decisions we make, the way we interact with other people, and our overall satisfaction with life. Being aware of your self esteem and doing your best to keep it strong and vibrant will enhance your quality of life and have a positive ripple effect on nearly everything that’s important to you.

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One of my favorite motivational writers and speakers, Dr. Wayne Dyer, reminds people that “You don’t get what you want, you get what you are.” So what does that have to do with weight loss motivation or achieving any other beneficial mindset? Well, to me, that statement has wide-reaching implications on who we are and what we become. What you want is merely a wish list. What you are is based on your dominant thoughts, your personal values, your habits, your belief systems, and your connection or disconnection to a higher power in the universe (my apologies to any atheists reading this blog post!)

Weight Loss Motivation Tools, Resources*, and Tips

  • Weight loss books*, Exercise books*, and Fitness VIdeos
  • Motivational posters (see below)
  • Positive affirmations and/or hypnosis for weight loss
  • Hiring a life coach or personal trainer
  • Joining an exercise class or weight loss support group
  • Teaming up with a friend or exercise “buddy” for encouragement and support
  • Keeping a journal to track your progress, encourage yourself, and write down weight loss motivation quotes whenever they occur to you or you happen to stumble upon them

I hope the weight loss tips, resources, and strategies in this blog post provide you with the motivation to lose weight and the inspiration to keep it off. In your quest to achieve your ideal body weight, I would suggest surrounding yourself with positive messages, positive people, and reminders that you deserve to be happy and healthy! And last but not least… the one thing you shouldn’t lose when you’re dieting, exercising, and making positive lifestyle changes is one of your most important resources: your sense of humor!

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"Yes, Jimmy, this is how you'll look if you keep working out with your rub…" - New Yorker Cartoon

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Thanks!

–Joel

BTW…
You may also be interested in the spiritual and personal development ideas shared a few of my other sites: How to Find Love in 2015 , Strategies for Being Happy and Healthy, and The Zen of Marketing Strategy.

POSTERS to Assist With Weight Loss Motivation:

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Many people struggle with losing weight for a variety of reasons, but, in many cases, the difficulty can be traced to three things:

  1. A lack of accurate knowledge about how to safely lose weight
  2. Self-defeating behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes
  3. A lack of guidance and support

While weight loss motivation is a major factor in being able to shed those unwanted pounds and keep them off, there are a lot more hurdles to overcome in achieving your weight loss goals:

  1. Weight loss foods: Not knowing what foods to eat more of and which ones to scale back on or avoid completely.
  2. Obstacles to Losing Weight Fast: Lacking a basic understanding about how metabolism, female physiology, and pregnancy affect weight loss and weigh gain patterns
  3. Miscellaneous Weight Loss Issues: Medical problems or psychological barriers that need to be addressed by a physician, dietician, or licensed therapist

Why Am I Not Losing Weight?

If you are one of the thousands of women who have asked yourself that question (“Why am I not losing Weight?), you’re far from alone. Even though you’re doing everything from portion control and calorie counting to exercising and eating raw vegetables instead of junk food, you may still be making little or no progress in your quest to shed ten or more pounds and look better in (and out) of your clothes.

Best Way to Lose Weight

The best way to lose weight is to work in harmony with your female physiology, hormonal framework, and your lifestyle. I’m personally not an expert in weight loss foods or losing weight fast, but I stumbled upon a resource on the Web that provides expert advice, valuable nutrition tips for losing weight, and exercise videos designed to help melt away fat on specific areas of your body.

The Venus Factor is a weight loss program created by a recognized expert in losing weight and keeping it off. Motivated by his sister’s lifelong struggles with being significantly overweight, especially after child birth, John Barban conducted extensive research on female metabolism, nutrition, and results-orienting dieting strategies. He’s a personal trainer and expert in physiology, healthy nutrition, and biology, and has helped hundreds of people–both women and men– regain control over their weight, their health, and their self esteem.

For more information on John’s fat-burning, nutrition-enhancing weight-loss program, visit The Venus Factor website to watch an informative and inspiring video. The presentation also includes several video testimonials of women who have achieved dramatic results in losing weight quickly and effectively. In the video, John also shares his sister’s weight loss success story, as well as his findings on how women can naturally increase their metabolism to achieve quick weight loss. Even more importantly he provides step-by-step guidance on how to lose weight, eat healthfully, and keep the weight off for good–without that frustrating plateau effect.

Weight Loss Success Stories

If you’re searching for weight loss programs that are based on scientific principles and sound nutrition advice, The Venus Factor offers the perfect combination of diet modification, exercise instruction, and encouragement. Membership in the weight loss program instantly connects you with an online community of other women who have achieved various levels of success using the Venus Factor. The introductory video also contains several weight loss success stories and “before and after” pictures. Even if you’re skeptical about weight loss programs and have had your share of disappointments and setbacks, the weight loss “before and after” pictures throughout the video and the testimonials lend a lot of credibility to the effectiveness and value of the program.

 

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–Joel

BTW…
You may also be interested in the spiritual and personal development ideas shared in my new sites: Weight Loss Motivation Power Tips and How to Find Love in 2015

When it comes to techniques to lose weight, the same principles you’ve been hearing about for years still apply. The cornerstones of an effective diet fitness program involve a commitment to daily physical activity–or as close to daily as possible–and an awareness of the food you’re eating, how it’s prepared, and what the portion sizes are. Many people who have difficulty achieving their weight loss goals would be surprised at all the self-defeating things they’re eating and doing–many of which they may not even be aware of.

A major challenge for dieters is eating healthfully at the office or when they’re traveling to and from appointments. Even though those holiday cookies, brownies, and other sweets have disappeared from most offices and businesses by now, there are still going to be plenty of mornings when a well-meaning boss or co-worker brings in donuts or home-made cookies for everyone to enjoy with their coffee. And then, of course, there’s the vending machines filled with every variety of junk food to content with! That problem is compounded by the temptation to pick up a cheeseburger and fries, a soda, and/or a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich on the way to an appointment or work.

As the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasize, the best weight loss diets are the ones that involve a lifestyle change rather than just an on-again/off-again approach to staying healthy. In addition to a regular program of walking, exercising, and/or working out that your doctor approves, a good basis for a healthy diet/fitness program involves following some basis guidelines, such as the ones listed on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s website.


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The American Heart Association (AHA) is one of the most credible websites to visit for information about foods that support a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. They provide some helpful specifics about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, unrefined whole grain foods, and fish.

Healthy Fish to Eat

Since Omega-3 fatty acids are considered beneficial to heart health, the AHA recommends eating fish  at least twice a week in portion sizes of about 3.5 ounces. Among the healthy fish to eat that are listed on its website are salmon, trout, and herring. For a healthier heart, the Federal Drug Administration suggests increasing your consumption of fish and cutting back on red meat and poultry.

Quick Start Guide to Healthier Eating Habits

The FDA offers a nice summary of healthy eating habits and recommended dietary guidelines on its website. If you’re interested in starting a heart healthy weight loss diet, this article provides some basic tips and guidelines. It also offers some great tips on buying packaged food and how to make healthier, lower fat choices at restaurants. More and more restaurants seem to be listing calorie totals next to their menu items, which makes it easier to choose meals that support your dietary goals.

10 Foods for a Healthy Heart

Although everyone has different dietary needs and should consult a physician or registered dietician before embarking on a weight loss diet, here’s a list of foods (in no particular order) that would be considered “healthy” by virtually any standard.

  1. Fish, such as salmon, trout, herring, and sardines
  2. Nuts and seeds
  3. Beans and other legumes
  4. Leafy green salads
  5. Hummus
  6. Vegetables: broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower, etc.
  7. Fruit: apples, pears, bananas, citrus fruits, etc.
  8. Fiber-rich whole grains
  9. Fat-free dairy products
  10. Lean ground turkey (the starting point for a healthy meat loaf recipe)

If you’re looking for some low-fat, heart healthy recipes from a trustworthy source, check out the healthy recipes on healthyeating.nhlbi.nih.gov. It includes recipes for healthy snacks, healthy side dishes, and healthy lunches.

Whether your goal is to go on a heart-healthy weight loss diet or just  create a healthier lifestyle for you and your family, you can get some valuable tips from websites like the WebMD, the CDC, and  FDA.

Here are some e-books*, audio/video programs*, and other resources which may help you stay on track and accelerate your progress in your heart-healthy weight loss diet, 2015 New Year’s resolutions,  and fitness program for weight loss:

*Note: Digital products featured on this blog are sold with an unconditional money-back guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied, you’ll receive a full refund, no questions asked. F.Y.I.: My blog posts often include links to products and services for which I am a compensated affiliate. At the present time, I don’t personally endorse these programs, although I invite and welcome your feedback. Feel free to post a comment or email me at prowriter30years@yahoo.com .

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–Joel

 

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Now that one year has ended and another has begun, a lot of people have been jumping on the quick weight-loss bandwagon. “Jumping” would actually be a good start because you have to get physically moving to lose weight and be fit. However, the concept of quick weight loss brings up several issues:

  1. In a quick loss weight program, are your basic nutritional needs being met?
  2. Is the diet/fitness program you’re considering too strenuous or extreme for your existing level of fitness and health?
  3. If your objective is to lose weight quickly but not to maintain that weight loss, then that approach will inevitably result in frustration and the so-called yo-yo effect of dieting and exercise (allowing your body weight to go up and down).

Since the majority of people who go on and off diets and exercise programs do not achieve the long-lasting results they’re seeking, the crux of the problem may be a lack of resolve. If you’re going to go into a diet fitness program with a halfhearted or ambivalent attitude, then failure is almost guaranteed.

Writing about this topic brought to mind a saying that I clipped several years ago:

“A winner says, ‘I will!’ and succeeds. A loser says, ‘I’ll try,’ and fails.”

I don’t really like the word “loser” because it can be used in a very hurtful way, but for the purposes of this blog post, I’m using it to mean someone who does not attain their goals because of a lack of resolve.

If you’re a fan of the Star Wars movies, you may remember the advice Yoda gave to Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back: “You must unlearn what you have learned.” (Luke responds by saying, “Alright, I’ll give it a try.”) Yoda’s classic retort is:

“No! Try not.  Do… or do not. There is no try.”

Nobody is “a loser”, although many people have attitudes and belief systems which undermine their own chances of success in everything from their career and romantic life to weight loss goals and fitness programs. The good news about negative belief systems and self-defeating attitudes is that they can be changed. Similar to sticking with a fitness exercise program or weight loss diet, though, changing negative attitudes requires persistence and daily practice.

If you’d like to work on getting your attitudes and beliefs in shape, along with your body and health, here are a few e-books*, audio recordings, and other digital products that can help empower you to stay on a more positive path to exercise, health, and fitness success:

  1. Self Improvement: The Top 101 Experts: It’s been called “the greatest gold-mine of wisdom crammed into one product!” You can get your hands on the greatest and most powerful self-help resources on the planet for only $27.  Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series said:  “You can invest the next 30-40 years searching for answers or can buy this now.”
  2. Weight Loss Hypnosis Audio Sessions
  3. Self-Love Healing Meditation Program

Woman Sitting in Meditation

If you’re going to embark on a diet fitness program, this year, it would be helpful, if not essential, to simultaneously work on eliminating the effects of self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors. This is an attainable goal if you make up your mind to believe in yourself and the value of your exercise, health, and fitness goals.

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