Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? The hare starts out very quickly and hops around to many places and is easily distracted. He is confident he will win because he is fast, so he wastes time. The tortoise, on the other hand, moves through the racecourse plodding along, with one goal in his mind and no distractions. Much to the hare’s surprise, the tortoise wins. The moral of the story? Slow and steady wins the race. When checking out our nine ways to lose weight fast in the comfort of your own home, remember the moral of the story with the tortoise and the hare. Just like the tortoise, you are going to have to be determined with one goal in mind – losing weight. It takes a lot of determination and time. Here are some ways to lose weight at home.
Home Weight Loss Plan
For those of you who have been dieting for years, this plan is not going to seem new to you. It is not new. The same principles that applied ten years ago apply today. In fact, it is a mathematical equation. The number of calories we eat minus the amount of exercise we do will give us our net loss or gain. One pound is 3,500 calories. So, if you eat 3,500 calories every day for a week, but only exercise 500 calories worth per day, at the end of the week you will have gained close to six pounds. The goal is to burn more calories than you eat. It is possible to achieve at home with no special foods; I have personal experience to back it up and have seen many be successful weight losers following this routine. However, it takes the mind of a tortoise.
1. Set a reasonable goal
If you have much weight to lose, like 50 or more pounds, set your goals in 10-pound milestones. It is much easier to achieve smaller goals. Not only that, but achieving the goals is very encouraging, and you should be ready to tackle the next milestone. If you want to lose just ten pounds, set your goals at 2- or 5-pound increments. You will most likely lose 1-2 pounds a week. Write down your goals and make a personal commitment to go for it no matter what.
2. It is more than just calories
While the mathematical equation is true, what you eat plays a role as well. You cannot eat 1,200 calories of chocolate and expect to lose weight. Be sensible in your food choices. An excellent calorie intake per day is about 1,200 calories for women and 1,800 for men. When you first start out on the venture, it is best to weigh and measure everything you eat. This way you can control your portions and know exactly how much 4 ounces of chicken is. Always make your plate colorful with a variety of veggies and fruits.
3. Always be prepared
An easy way to be successful is to plan your meals a week at a time. Having the ingredients and foods on hand makes it much easier. Moreover, if you work outside the home, prep your weeks’ worth of lunches on Sunday night. It saves time and money and will eliminate any excuses you may try to find.
4. Do not get distracted
Commit to your goal. You want to be a winner. You have focus, just like the tortoise. When a special event or celebration comes up that you want to attend, don’t be like the hare and get distracted by food and drink. If you must eat, remember small portions. Just say no to dessert! If possible, like at family dinners, bring food that you can eat. For example, if one is serving lasagna, ask if you could bring zucchini lasagna as an alternative.
5. Have fun with exercise
The moment we mention the word “exercise” some of you are going to tune out. However, do not give up just yet. The types of exercise we are talking about are going to fit into your day and be fun. Make a game of it. For instance, when doing housework, throw in a few lunges while vacuuming, do some squats while washing the car, do some twists while you are dusting, toe touches when doing the laundry. If you have a stairway, go up 2 or 3 times extra. The idea is to be moving. Especially as you age, it is good to stay flexible, maintain balance, and keep muscle mass through strength exercises. Those focus areas will help you with longevity.
6. Food Diary
Write down everything you eat. You do not need to do it forever, just do it for a month. You will begin to see what kinds of things you are eating and how it has been working for (or against) your weight loss success. There are plenty of apps for your smartphone that will help you log your food and exercise. Here is an article that gives a brief overview of 15 of the best food journaling apps.
7. Partner Up
Weight loss is not a challenge you need to take alone. It is always better to have a partner. It may be a friend or your significant other, but the best part is to meet up when you can and have fun with it. Challenge each other to go a bit further, do a bit more. Having someone to be accountable to helps us toe the mark.
8. Don’t get discouraged
You will have some ups and downs on this journey, but do not get discouraged. Like the tortoise, keep pressing toward that goal. Look at your successes! Just as we have small milestones for the pounds we lose, set small milestones for achieving other things such as drinking 64 ounces of water every day for a week. Losing one, two or more pounds a week is a success. There are many ways to measure success, and if you keep the focus like the tortoise, you will eventually achieve all your goals.
9. Celebrate briefly
The true key to success is to make a life change in how you eat, exercise, and live. Celebrate your weight loss accomplishments briefly then get back on track. Do not go back to your old ways; they will only lead to weight gain and depression. Stay on top of your weight loss and make your diet and exercise changes last a lifetime.
Welcome Home to the New You!
These nine pointers work hand in hand. With a bit of determination, planning and hard work, you should be able to be very successful. There is no need for a gym membership or special foods. As with any weight loss or exercise plan, please check with your doctor before starting.