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Making Progress: How to Lose Weight for Good

By Genevieve Cunningham

Have you ever thought about losing weight? If you're like most American adults, the thought has definitely crossed your mind. Most people in our great nation are carrying around a few extra pounds. When we're able to lose weight, we often feel better in our bodies. We feel stronger and healthier -- but we also feel more confident, which makes a huge difference in quality of life. So how do we do it? How do we actually lose weight and keep it off? While there are plenty of diet plans and fitness programs out there to follow, it's important to keep a few other ideas in mind as well. If you're anxious to drop some weight, take a look at these tips for making progress starting today. 

Adjust Your Taste Buds

Losing weight usually includes changing your diet. And this can be really difficult because you're already used to eating certain foods. To go from pizza at night to a salad can be quite a shock to the system. Before you make a giant shift in diet, it may be a good idea to adjust your taste buds. Start by drinking water more often -- until that's all you're really drinking. Then make a snack switch -- perhaps from chips to carrots or another vegetable. Slowly get your taste buds used to the new foods, and making the full switch to a healthy diet will be a lot easier. 

Live an Active Life

Exercise is obviously an important part of losing weight, but it's also important to simply live a more active lifestyle. Get up and go for walks -- not necessarily for exercise, but rather for fun with the family. Join your friends for a pick-up basketball game at the park. Learn to like hikes or bike rides. Just get active! The more active your lifestyle, the more calories you'll burn, and the easier it will be to lose weight and stay fit.

Always Remember Self-Care

Don't get so wrapped up in losing weight that you forget to take care of yourself. Self-care, ultimately, will lead to even more weight loss. Why? Because it gives you a chance to really dig in and get to know yourself. It means you'll get adequate rest. It means you'll be more in tune with your body and better able to hear any messages it sends you. It means you'll actually go to the doctor, get massages when you're sore, and spend money on yourself and your health. Don't be afraid to spend some time and energy on self-care. Your health -- physical, mental, and emotional -- is counting on you to take care of you.

Losing weight can be hard. It takes some determination and goal setting and patience. But if you take a few steps, you can make the process a lot easier. Use these tips to get your body and mind ready, and you'll be losing weight and feeling your best in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Clemente, Calif.

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