The Power Of Fear In Helping You Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

There are many reasons people want to lose weight. Anyone that decides they need to lose a few pounds most likely has experienced some trigger that caused them to start taking action. A group of individuals wanting to lose weight will have very similar triggers as well as unique triggers for each person.

The common triggers are to be more healthy, more energy, look better in clothes, look sexier, get more dates, and the list goes on.

More emotional triggers include something someone said that hurt your feelings, not getting asked out for a date, not being able to participate in activities that your friends do, someone made fun of the clothes you are wearing, and never getting nice comments about how you look. Anyone wanting to lose weight has probably experienced at least one of the above that made them decide they were not going to take it anymore.

These are all good examples of what may prompt someone to wake up and start a weight loss program; however, once the emotional trauma has settled down they are not enough to keep you motivated to stick with a weight loss plan.

There has to be something bigger and more important to keep you motivated to exercise and watch your diet day in and day out.

Despite all your needs and wants, you may find they are not enough to keep you sticking with a weight loss plan.

Fear can be the greatest motivator of all.

The best reason to lose weight is for the health of it. The fear of losing your health should be the number one motivator that keeps you taking action.

If you do not have your health then all of the above triggers are meaningless.

Your odds of developing heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and suffering a stroke go up dramatically the longer you are over weight.

If you do not change your mindset on weight loss you may ultimately find yourself in a vicious cycle of declining health. The more your health declines the more difficult it will become to do the right things that will help you to achieve optimal health.

Being overweight can lead to arthritic changes in your joints and daily pain . The constant pain will make you less inclined to exercise and do what is necessary to live a healthier lifestyle.

Living a sedentary lifestyle will result in your gaining more weight. As your weight increases, so does your blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure can lead to problems with heart disease, strokes, visual problems, and kidney disease.

The increase in blood pressure places stress on your heart that can ultimately result in the weakening of your heart muscle, heart rhythm problems and heart attacks. After a heart attack you may find you are doing well to just get out of bed and walk to the bathroom, that is assuming it does not kill you. This can become quite discouraging and lead to depression and ongoing problems with inactivity.

At this point exercising to lose weight, so that you can get that hot date, will probably be the last thing on your mind.








Sedentary individuals are also prone to more problems with their cholesterol levels. Your cholesterol is affected by genetics, diet, exercise and activity level. Increased cholesterol can lead to plaque build up and hardening of the arteries of your heart and peripheral blood vessels. The plaque build up may contribute to a minor or major heart attack that can leave you crippled. Poor circulation in your legs can result in pain when walking resulting in your reluctance or inability to walk more than a short distance, due to pain and your legs tiring quickly.


High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes can all play a role in someone suffering a stroke. If you suffer a major stroke you will probably not get very excited about going on a date or hanging out at the beach. Minor or mini strokes are a warning sign of bigger things to come if you do not take reponsibility for your health.


You should be able to see how being over weight can lead to a downward spiral in your health. All of those emotional triggers suddenly take a back seat to being able to get from one day to the next.

This does not even take into account the financial burden that can occur as a result of being obese. The cost of medications, possible hospitalization and following up with your doctor can become overwhelming.

The bottom line is that your Health should be your primary reason for wanting to lose weight.

Make it your mission to learn and do what it takes to maintain and improve your health.

If you are not serious about living healthier and doing what it takes to achieve optimal health, then you will never stick to any weight loss program long enough to achieve healthy consistent weight loss.

If you want to boost your self esteem and confidence, start out with small simple steps with a goal to lose one pound a week and use this as your foundation for consistent, long term weight loss.



Key Strategies To Help You Lose Weight Fast

There is a new post over at Lose One Pound A Week that will benefit anyone planning to pursue a weight loss program.

The post discusses key strategies to help you jumpstart your weight loss program to help you lose weight fast.

The 5 Secrets To Effective Consistent Weight Loss

The following article is from over at  on the five secrets to weight loss.


The 5 Secrets To Effective Consistent Weight Loss

There are five secrets to weight loss everyone wanting to lose weight for the holidays or next years trip to the beach should know.

Everyone knows that losing  the pounds can be both difficult and frustrating, so why not keep it as simple as possible. We are more likely to achieve success with any goal if we start out with baby steps and build up as we go along. Losing weight should not be approached any differently. Make your first weight loss goal losing one pound, then two pounds, until you have reached you total weight loss goal.

The following are the five secrets to safe, effective weight loss:

 The first secret to weight loss is to talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you decide the best weight loss program to start with and determine if you may have some underlying medical condition that is preventing you from losing weight. An underactive thyroid gland is a good example of a medical condition that may cause you to gain weight and affect your motivation to exercise. Your doctor will also determine if you have any medical reasons to not be undertaking a weight loss program. 

 Another great secret to weight loss is to improve your posture. This may not create immediate weight loss, but certainly will make you look thinner. If you look thinner you will feel thinner and this will boost your self esteem, improve your confidence and give you motivation to exercise and follow a healthy weight loss diet.  This can also help with the weight loss process itself because good posture when you perform exercises will lead to more effective workouts.

 The third secret to weight loss is to get your whole family involved. It can be very tempting to ditch the salad had have a hamburger with your husband or a taco with your wife, but if the entire family is eating healthy foods, weight loss won’t seem so depressing. Keep the junk food out of the house completely, and everyone will be healthier. Get your family involved in exercising or at least encouraging you to exercise after they know how important weight loss is to help you become healthier and live longer.

The next secret is keep it simple and realistic. It is alot easier to lose one pound a week than it is to lose ten pounds in a week. You have to lose the first pound before you can lose that extra 20-30 pounds you have been lugging around. If you get frustrated from lack of progress or slow progress you will end up abandoning your weight loss program. Start simple by learning what you have to do to lose one pound a week then build on that foundation. Your self esteem will go up when you see you are actually losing weight and keeping it off. This will keep you motivated to keep moving forward with your weight loss plan.

The last secret is to look at what you do through out the day and use those activities to help you in your weight loss plan. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park in the last parking spot at the mall or at work and walk to the front door. Cut out coffee and replace it with tea in the morning. Go outside to play with your children instead of staying indoors. Go out dancing instead of seeing a movie. These little things may not make a big impact on your life in general, but if you do them regularly, the burnt calories will add up and you’ll start to see real results.

If you get nothing else from this report, remember that losing one pound a week only requires you to cut out 500 calories per day or burn 250 calories with exercise and decrease your intake 250 calories.


Gastric Bypass For Weight Loss

Gastric bypass for weight loss is obviously not the best option for most individuals that desire to lose weight.
The best approach to safe effective weight loss is to focus on decreasing calories and exercising with a goal to lose one pound a week. However, this approach may not be the most practical for many out there that are morbidly obese.
The biggest obstacle this group encounters is the motivation to keep doing what is necessary to lose one pound a week.
The time required to see a physical difference affects their motivation and relapse is common.
To lose one pound a week you must decrease your current caloric intake 500 calories per day or burn 500 calories per day.
Another was to look at it is to cut out 250 calories and engage in some form of exercise that will burn 250 calories per day.
This is a safe, simple approach to losing weight over a long period of time, but does require a commitment to diet and lifestyle changes.
Gastric bypass may be a good option for some people suffering from obesity; however, this should only be a consideration after attempts at modifying your diet and lifestyle have failed.
Gastric bypass is not something you can just sign up for and have performed the following day. There are risk involved as with any surgery and your surgeon will require you to undergo some testing to make sure you are a good risk for surgery.
Preoperative testing may include laboratory test to check your blood count, electrolytes, kidney function, thyroid, and lipid profile. Your doctor will most likely require that you have a cardiac stress test to make sure your heart can handle the stress of surgery.
Obesity is a risk factor for heart disease and approximately one third of the population with underlying heart disease have no symptoms to suggest possible underlying heart disease. You may also be required to see a psychologist or other mental health professional to make sure you are pursuing gastric bypass for the right reasons and that you understand that surgery itself will not cure your obesity.
Your doctor will recommend that you have testing done periodically after surgery to make sure you are getting the appropriate nutrition.
Gastric bypass will affect the absorption of some nutrients such as vitamin B12 and folate. Loss of these nutrients can result in long term complications such as fatigue, anemia, and neuropathy.
The surgery may also affect how well some medications are absorbed; therefore, it is imperative that you make routine follow up visits to your primary care doctor, so that adjustments in medications can be made.
Obesity affects all systems of the body and obese people may also be dealing with diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, heart disease, joint pain, and back pain from arthritic changes.
The following factors will help your doctor determine if you are a candidate for gastric bypass weight loss surgery:
1. Are you at least 100 pounds over ideal body weight?
2. Suffering from obesity for at least five years despite diet and exercise?
3. Do you have a drug or alcohol addiction?
4. Do you have  psychological issues that require a psychiatrist?
5. You are between the age of 18 and 65 and have no major medical problems.
6. Does your insurance cover this surgery or are you financially able to manage the cost?
7. Do you have a good support system at home?
The number of people opting to have gastric bypass weight loss surgery has increased over time.
It is important to remember that just having the surgery will not keep the weight off permanently.
Your stomach will be much smaller and this may result in a constant feeling of hunger, due to not being able to consume as much food during each meal. Only being able to eat small portions multiple times per day will be beneficial in helping stimulate your metabolism.
Your doctor will probably recommend that you devide your total daily calorie needs into 5-6 smaller meals per day. As you can see you will need to be attentive to how much you eat and what you are eating if you want to have long term success. Following surgery it may take up to a year to see significant weight loss, so you must approach gastric bypass weight loss surgery with reasonable expectations.
The dosage of some of your medications may change if you have been taking medications for pain, diabetes, heart disease, elevated cholesterol, and other medical problems. The absorption of some of these medications may decrease resulting in less than optimal control of your medical issues. On a positive note, as you begin to experience weight loss after surgery you may find that you require less medications for joint pain and controlling problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.
Another consideration is excess skin that will appear as you begin to experience significant weight loss. This can be as unattractive as being overweight, so you may need to prepare yourself psychologically and financially for possible surgery later on to removing the excess skin.
Gastric bypass surgery for weight loss can boost your self esteem and turn your life around. If you are the right candidate for gastric bypass surgery you will ultimately start living a more optimal and healthy life as you watch your weight and waist line decrease in size.

Lose One Pound A Week With The Calorie Reduction Diet

There are many different weight loss diet programs  being promoted; however, the bottom line to effective weight loss is following a calorie reduction diet and engaging in exercise if you want long term weight loss.
You may be experiencing fluctuations in your body weight which is caused by consuming more calories than you burn.
Your body converts that excessive food intake to fat resulting in weight gain. This process was beneficial when people risked going days being hungry, due to limited food supply.
The bottom line is if you want to slim down, you need to expend more energy than you consume.
How many calories a day do people need to reduce in order to lose weight?
If you are losing weight under medical supervision you should follow your doctor’s advice.
If you are trying to do this on your own, the World Health Organization recommends that all adults have at least 1200 calories a day. If you try for less than this, your body may think you are in fact starving and slow your metabolism right down.  This will stop you losing any excess pounds.
Crash diets that restrict you to less than 1000 a day will result in rapid weight loss initially, but you will feel like you are starving and be miserable.
It is hard to sustain a diet program that makes you feel bad every hour of the day. These crash diets can also be very unhealthy to follow over the long term.
The greater the deficit between the calories you consume and what you burn the more weight you will lose. You will be more likely to maintain your new weght and waistline if you focus on losing about one pound a week. The more active you are the less you will have to cut down on calories; however, it is critical that you consume a diet that is high in nutritional value. Exercising will boost your metabolism and help tone your muscles. You may even experience an increase in muscle mass if you are doing resistance training as part of your exercise routine.
When looking at calorie counting as a way to lose one pound a week you should keep a journal of all you eat and approximate how many calories each food item represents. Over a period of time you will feel comfortable in adjusting your calorie intake, based upon your food selections, to achieve effective weight loss.
You can cut down your calorie intake simply by changing the way you eat and prepare your meals. Many of us depend upon fast food and take out because of limited time available in our fast paced lives. It is much healthier to select the proper foods and cook your meals at home. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and fat and should be a big part of your daily diet. Consuming smoothies, juices, and salads will help fill you up and can be very nutritious. Limit your carbohydrate intake to breakfast and lunch to help decrease the amount your body converts to fat at night.