MBG 13 Things Every Woman Who Wants to Lose Weight Should Know

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It seems as though everyone in the world has some advice or secret to losing weight. However, it’s not as complicated as it appears. There is no secret, no magic, nothing but common sense and a little knowledge to losing weight.

You don’t need those drug store diet pills, magic powder that you sprinkle on your food, no little containers of liquid to dull your appetite, no wraps or fad diets. A little hard work, dedication, and giving some details a little attention, and you will find that weight comes off almost effortlessly.

Notice we said almost. Losing weight takes some effort and a little work, but it shouldn’t be like having a root canal done every single day, either. Check out our list of the top 13 things you should know about losing weight and judge for yourself.

 

1. Begin Workouts with Mirror Minutes

Stand close to a floor length mirror, about 1 foot away. Look into your eyes. Don’t look at your waist, the floor, or those grey hairs, look into your eyes for about one minute. Now take a look at your body. Do you like your body? The booty? The abs? Those full lips? Give yourself a little credit. Be patient and be kind to yourself. The state of your emotions has a lot to do with getting rid of those excess pounds.

 

2. Choose Your Mantra

Anytime you find you are difficulty, whether it’s with a particular exercise, resisting those second helpings, repeating a mantra can help you find peace and inner strength. Your mantra might be something like this: Power, strength, beauty, or this time is my time. Pick something that has powerful, meaningful words that work for you.

 

3. Food and Exercise Journal

This allows you to take stock and reflect back on your week. Perhaps you will see where every time you get upset about something you reach for a cookie for solace or that you always end up hitting the vending machine because you forget to bring snack to your kid’s soccer game. It’s also very satisfying to watch, over time, how far you have come.

 

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4. Set Small Goals

We’re talking really small goals. Perhaps you want to run a marathon by the end of the year, but right now you can’t even run down the block. Don’t make the marathon your goal; make small goals for a week or a month. For example, maybe this first week, you want to be able to run for 5 minutes every day without stopping or by next month, you want to be able to run 30 minutes without stopping. Whatever works for you, but you will feel so much better about yourself when you realize that you have actually accomplished something, rather than focus on that marathon that looks so far away and unreachable.

 

5. Remember that Diets Don’t Work

Eating right and exercising regularly does. Think of it as a way of life, not a temporary diet. Not unless you plan on dieting for the rest of your life! Find out 8 mistakes of the modern day diet.

 

6. Learn to Graze

Yes, we mean graze like a cow or a sheep. Ok, right about now someone is saying, “But cows are fat!” True, but our digestive system is not like a cow. It’s more like a fire. The more wood you put on it, the hotter the fire. When you deprive a fire of fuel, what happens? Yep, it goes out. So keep putting little bits of fuel on that fire all day long by eating those 4 or 6 little meals and keep that fire stoked and burning calories.

 

7. Make a Couple of Playlists

Good music can make your workout inspiring and motivate you to keep going in time to the music. Faster music is good for cardio workouts; more mellow tunes are good for yoga. Make several playlists so you don’t get bored listening to the same music every time you work out and you will be surprised just how fast that hour of exercise goes by. Read also about the benefits of music.

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