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Kick Start Your Diet: Simple Secrets To Weight Loss Success

By Greg Nowick Published 02/16/2007 | Fitness

Losing weight for overweight people is one of the hardest things to do. Many people run in to problems deciding what diet they are going to try, how long they have to exercise to lose weight, and most importantly how they are going to change the way that they live their lives so that they can eventually lose the weight and keep it off.  The goal of this article is to share my story and my approach with you, to hopefully give you some insight to get started with your body transformation.  Now to give you a little background of myself, hands Ive always loved to eat.  I was somewhat active, but did not ever really take the time to focus my efforts on weight loss.  I was always conscious about my weight, but it wasnt till I hit my high mark of 260lbs when I realized, Wow I Really Look Big, what Happened?  From that moment on I made it my job to exercise, change my eating habits and change how I live my life.  Weight loss is not a miracle drug, or a six second video, it takes hard work and persistence.  I do have to say that there are products on the market that do help you cut your cravings to kick start your diet though.  For instance, I used a product called the Apple Diet Patch, it was a patch that I wore all day that I did not have to monitor, and it helped me to cut my cravings.  This helped a lot.  Im sure you all have heard of a lot of these craving cutter products, some work some dont, this one just happened to work for me.  Now that I wasnt hungry all the time I was able to concentrate on ways to transform my body into and I hate saying this, a fat melting machine.  Working out for those people who never really worked out is not as easy as people make it out to be.  I used to hear from friends, family, etc, Greg why dont you just go to the gym?; Workout its fun and it feels great.  Bottom line people for those first couple weeks, it wasnt fun it was painful.  One secret that I learned throughout my weight loss is that, you do not have to turn into a body builder or a marathon runner to lose weight, all you have to do is exercise more than you were doing before.  Many people decide that they want to lose weight, so they spend so much money to join a gym, go for a week, hate it, and never or almost never go back.  This is one of the stupidest mistakes I made.  Joining a gym is a great start, but take it easy.  You do not have to work out for 2 hours a day.  You can work out for 45 minutes and achieve great results.  When I realized this, it is when I began to see the most eye opening changes to my body.  Some weight loss tips for the gym are as follows:

a)      If you have never run on a treadmill before or hate doing it, walking can achieve the same great results.  Set the treadmill to 3.5 miles per hour and for each 1 minute interval that you are on the treadmill increase the incline 1 point, so it is like you are walking up a hill.  Continue to do this for 7 straight minutes and then begin to decline.  Every minute interval decline 1 point.  Believe me This is a great exercise that really works.

b)      Every time you go to the gym do something different.  Lets say you walk on the treadmill one day, the next time ride the bike or use the elliptical machine.  This method will allow your body to recognize new forms of motion allowing it to work harder and eventually accommodate to each exercise.  In fact, what I do sometimes is spend 10 minutes on each different machine, instead of doing thirty minutes on one.  It is surprisingly more fun and it achieves great results.

c)      The best advice I can give you is that when it comes to weight lifting for the time being until you are at a weight that you feel comfortable with dont over exceed yourself, you might begin to see results that you wont like.  Instead, what you can do is do exercises that use your own body weight, ie, push-ups, whether on your knees or military style, sit-ups, chin ups and pull ups.  I guarantee if you do these exercises you will begin to see great results.

To conclude, there are many things you can do to lose weight. I have covered some of the steps that I have taken to change my body and hopefully this article will give you some hints to help you change yours.  As I said when I opened up the article, losing weight is very hard, the most important thing is to find your motivation and follow it.  I found mine when I looked in the mirror and realized it was time to change my life for good.

Article Written By Greg Nowick

For more information on how you can kick-start your diet by cutting out your cravings please visit http://applepatchdiet.com/gn16138/ and if you are interested in learning more tips please e-mail me at [email protected]