I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.
Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Start by setting some simple goals you can stick to. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you have been sedentary, don't try to do an hour of exercise, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week.
Once you've achieved these goals, you do them again or you set new ones. Setting simple goals is how you SLOWLY ease into healthier habits.
Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were you. If it took you years to pack on the weight, it's going to take some time to get it off. So, don't beat yourself up if the weight doesn't start coming off immediately. That's why you start with some simple goals that will help you learn healthier habits.
What's my one piece of advice ? Look for ways to add more fresh fruit and veggies to your meals. Think pieces of fruit for snacks or maybe a nice leafy green side salad with lunch/dinner.
I agree that logging your food is the best place to start. I would say track for 2 to 3 weeks to see where your eating habits are at.
Once you see where you are at, you can set some baby step nutritional goals. Are you drinking enough water? Are you eating 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day? Are you getting enough protein? Etc, etc, etc.
Don't set too many goals. You don't want to get overwhelmed. For example, if you are drinking too little water, you can set a goal to drink more. A general recommendation that works for many people is 64 ounces of water a day. Set a goal to slowly increase your water consumption. Set a weekly goal to increase your water by a 8 ounces a day. Soon enough, you'll hit your goals.
As you reach your goals, you can slowly add in additional nutritional goals, exercise goals, and whatever other healthy goals you have.
Meghan in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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