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0 Comments | Feb 20, 2011

The Top 5 Tips to Lose Weight

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I’ve written before about how I lost 42 pounds in a bit over 7 months, and have kept it off since then.  So I’m often asked for weight loss tips to help make the transition to a healthy lifestyle.  I’m happy to oblige, and have boiled my advice down to five tips to lose weight.

My top 5 tips to lose weight

Here they are, in priority order.


  1. Change your mindset. You’re not going on a “diet,” which would be a great way to lose a few pounds temporarily, then become fatter than ever after you fall off the wagon.  You’re embarking on a lifestyle change.  To be healthy, the rest of your life is going to be different.  Reconcile to that fact, and you’ll be set up for success.  On the other hand, if you begin with the idea of enduring discomfort long enough to lose some fat, you’re never going to get or stay healthy.
  2. Change what you eat, but don’t be afraid. Healthy food is delicious.  Check out our posts on fat burning foods and clean eating.  You’ll be surprised at how simple – and delicious – healthy eating really is.  Warning:  leave your preconceptions at the door.
  3. Enjoy your exercise. I do functional fitness (check out crossfit.com and militaryathlete.com) because it’s always challenging and it’s never the same thing from one day to the next.  I’m never bored, I always have fun competing against myself, and there’s always a new skill to learn.  If you get in an exercise rut doing the same thing over and over, odds are that you won’t last.
  4. Sleep. A healthy lifestyle requires sleep, period.  Every mammal must sleep, which is amazing when you consider that sleep is a dangerous activity when other animals are anxious to gobble you for dinner!  That’s evidence that sleep is exceptionally important, and it turns out that it’s necessary for the proper function of every single cell in your body.
  5. Relax. Reduce stress in your life.  Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, has been shown to cause additional midsection fat.  Meditation is a terrific method to reduce stress and improve your quality of life, and there are easy methods to learn how to meditate for beginners.

It may sound a little bit daunting, but once you start following those five tips to lose weight and improve your overall health and fitness, I think you’ll find that a healthy lifestyle is an addicting proposition.


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