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Stay Encouraged, Not Discouraged, When Losing Weight

By Stephen R. Farris

During the course of our lives, we may have gained a few extra pounds and some unwanted inches around the waistline. Most of the clothes in our closets may not fit as good as they used to, or not at all. We end up having to go shopping for new ones and unfortunately, it's not because we lost weight.

At some point you might think enough is enough, and decide it's time to do something about the extra weight and inches. So you start checking out all of the new diet choices available these days. You might even splurge for a new gym membership. Basically, you dive right in without doing your homework on weight loss or management.

You may want to take a little time to do some research and avoid certain mistakes we all make when it comes to dieting and weight loss.

Hide Your Scale

At least temporarily. Unless you're a heavyweight boxer trying to make weight, weighing yourself everyday -- sometimes twice per day -- just to see how much you've lost can discourage your diet goals. Even though you ate less and exercised a little, and feel you might have lost a lot of weight, it might not show that much after stepping on the scales. Best advice is to stay off the scale for a while. Measure your weight loss on how loose your clothes are becoming and how much better they are fitting.

Too Much or Too Little Exercise Can Lead to Defeat

It's literally a catch-22 situation. You have to have some balance when it comes to exercising. What I mean is, you need to exercise to burn calories, and that can lead to weight loss. Doing too little exercise may cause no change at all. Doing too much can eventually lead to becoming stressed out and make you feel like not exercising at all.

Food Choices: Low-fat or Diet?

If the label says either, you better look more closely. It's what you're not reading that you have to look out for, such as hidden sugars, higher sodium and unhealthy fats. It's best to stick with fresh ingredients (fresh fruits, vegetables and lean cuts of meats) -- if at all possible -- rather than choosing processed foods to include in your diet.

Visit with your doctor or chiropractor to see how they can help with your nutrition and exercise goals. They can offer tips and suggestions to get you on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Holly Springs, N.C.

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