Monday, December 5, 2011

How To Lose 10 In a Month

Most of us older folks have two things in common. We gain weight easily and get weaker as we age. These conditions sneak up on us gradually and can have serious consequences for our health and quality of life. Both of which are precious to us. A lot of times, all we want is to know to lose 10 in a month. If we could just do that, then a lot of us would be a happier about how we look.

We all know that it is not as easy to lose weight as it is to gain put it on, but fortunately, there is something we can do about it without breaking the bank or hurting ourselves. Here is what I have seen that works, is easy and does not cost anything.

1. Practice Portion Control. At mealtimes and especially when you snack between meals. In today's super-sized society, most of us tend to eat too much, at home and especially when we are eating out. We eat way too much for out level of activity.

You can practice portion control by thinking small. Use smaller plates, smaller glasses and smaller cups. They hold less, but you will still get the perception that you are eating a lot.

If you get hungry between meals, snack on high fiber natural foods and avoid chips, sweets and other processed snack foods. Personally, I like baby carrots and sweet potato sticks. Both low calorie, high fiber stuff that tastes good.

2. Get Up and Move Around. Become more active every day. Do something that increases your heart rate and stretches your muscles. Walking is great, and I like to climb stairs. I will usually take the stairs instead of the elevator. After several flights, I can feel the results in my breathing and in my legs. I try to work through a full range of motion, but sometimes I don't quite make it, but I figure any movement is better than none at all.

Walking up and down stairs may not be your cup of tea. But you get the idea. Do something that borders on exercise to work your cardio system and gives you a light workout. You will get some exercise, burn more calories and lose weight at the same time. That jingle "thirty minutes a day, three times a week" can work, but if you don't have thirty minutes, take as much as you can, when you can.

These two things plus a little commitment will work wonders. But you have to stay with it. You won't get lighter and stronger right away, but you could lose a couple of pounds a month and have more energy to do the things you like in the bargain. However, if you don't do it practice portion control and move around consistently, you are just wasting your time.

Watching what we eat and being a little more active every day is the ultimate way to keep the weight off and stay fit. And, it does not matter how old you are, the benefits are all real and no one can take them from you.

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