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The Truth About Healthy Weight Loss

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What's the truth about healthy weight loss? It can be fun. No, really, it can be. Promise!

Healthy weight loss involves a number of different things. It requires dedication, focus and commitment. It is achieved through diet, exercise and attitude. Each part is equally as important as the others. If you have a great attitude and are on a strict diet, you still won't be as successful as you would if you also exercised. Diet and exercise aren't enough if your heart isn't in what you're doing. The trick is to find the right combination of the three that works best for you.

Diet

Dieting involves consuming balanced, moderately portioned meals. It takes creativity and a time commitment, but it can be fun. Gone are the days when dieting meant drinking shakes for two meals and eating carrot sticks and lettuce for dinner. Today, dieting is a commitment to healthy, fresh food and new ways of cooking. Explore new cookbooks by searching out different ethnic recipes, low fat recipes and eating for energy recipes. Try new foods by going to your local farmers market, walk around your grocery stores produce section to find new foods. Try different grains like barley, bulgher wheat, cornmeal, polenta or semolina. Try wild rice, brown rice or basmati instead of white. Make cakes, biscuits or breads using oats, whole wheat flour or ground flax seed. Create new desserts with fresh fruit, honey and spices. Eating healthy means eating well. Develop your palette and create exciting dishes that satisfy more than any diet shake ever will.

Exercise

Exercise today doesn't have to mean dancing around the living room to a video played on the television. Exercise now means so many things to so many people. Exercise can mean building a snowman or going sledding, taking a hike or walking the dog. Exercise can even be walking up the stairs instead of using the elevator. In today's world, exercise is a mindset. It involves thinking about your choices and weighing your options. You could park right next to the building or at the other end of the lot. You could spend lunch in the break room or use it to take a fifteen minute walk. We get our exercise in where we can. Gyms are no longer for men or muscle heads. Gyms today cater to everyone, offering child care and kids classes, women-only classes and a range of classes from meditation to cardio boosters. Yoga, Pilates and tai chi have become popular, as well as weight lifting and classes that combine cardio with weights. You can use balls, blocks, straps, free weights and step benches for an all around workout with so much variety you can never claim to be bored.

Attitude

Attitude is the most important part of a weight loss routine. The right mind set can do things no exercise regimen or diet plan could ever do. By keeping a healthy, positive attitude, exercise can be no more daunting that any other task you face in a day.

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