Weight loss can be a struggle if you don't know what you're doing. However, if you spend some time looking into things a lot of doors can be opened for you. I spent my entire life struggling, but when I said enough was enough and I began to look into weight loss options I was absolutely amazed.
A very common misconception is that you need to be working out constantly in order to lose weight. Working out is indeed good for your body, but surprisingly enough it's not the biggest part of losing weight safely. It's much simpler than that. Stop for a second and think about your eating habits. An unhealthy snack there, some soda later in the afternoon, that pack of fruit snacks you've been dying to eat all day. It all begins to add up, and over time you may be surprised by the result. The first step to losing weight safely is to keep track of the things you are putting into your body, and I mean EVERYTHING. An extra 100 calories a day could be the difference to an extra 10 pounds a year.
I know, this sounds like an overwhelming and difficult task but there are tools out there to help you. One I would personally recommend is MyFitnessPal, you can access it through the web or even download the application for your phone. Through setting up your profile you will set goals for yourself and find out how much you're supposed to be eating to meet those goals. Whenever you eat something, search the MFP (MyFitnessPal) database for the item and log it. Be very precise though, calories begin to add up. Don't forget about those chips you had for a snack or the cup of milk you had with lunch.
It might seem like rocket science at first, but small steps will lead you somewhere. Through using websites such as MyFitnessPal you will learn how much you need to eat in order to meet your goals. For example, if your body burns 2,200 calories per day, then eating 500 calories less than that per day will result in you losing 3,500 calories throughout the week which is roughly a pound. This adds up, within a year of this you will could have lost over 50 pounds even without having to exercise an insane amount.
Exercising is still worth it and is one of the main parts of living a happy and healthy life. Push yourself and have fun with the activities you do. If you burn 300 calories in a workout you are not only improving your physical shape but also making it possible to lose some extra weight throughout the week. This could be an alternative to eating 500 calories less per day, or you could mix it up and do a little bit of both. It's very simple if you just put your mind to it and try some of these tips to find what seems to suit you the best. Weight loss doesn't need to be extremely hard and frustrating, it's just a matter of eating less and making your meals count. It's one step closer to living a happy and healthy lifestyle.