There’s no other way to say it: it’s not easy losing weight. Whether you’re trying to significantly lower your weight, or you’re just trying to slim down a little, it can sometimes seem like a forever uphill task, one that doesn’t appear to have too many success stories along the way. Part of this stems from the sheer wealth of information out there. There’s a lot of contradictory advice floating around society, which doesn’t help! So let’s simplify things. Below, we take a look at a few simple rules you can follow.

Focus On Yourself

You could spend forever asking for advice from other people on their own weight loss journey, or become dispirited by seeing how much progress they’re making when you’re still trying to shift your first inch. When you set a goal (and this applies to everything, not just losing weight), it’s important that you only focus on yourself. After all, you’re the one on this journey! What works for everyone else might not work for you. Find your own routine, your one way of doing things, and it’ll be easier to stay focused.

Beware of Elementary Errors

It’s not just a matter of exercising and eating less. There are many other factors that could be stopping you losing weight, such as not getting enough sleep and not drinking enough water. The body is complex, more complex than some of the best minds can understand, so it stands to reason that there will be a lot that goes into slimming down. If you’re aware of the common dieting mistakes, however, you’ll be in the best position to make as much progress as possible.

Look at your Lifestyle

It’ll be no good eating well and exercising if, for the vast majority of the rest of the time, you have a lifestyle that is working against you. We’re all a little bit guilty of leading a sedentary lifestyle; we drive to work, sit down for eight hours, and then drive home! Luckily, this is something that we can easily remedy. Simply park further away from the office than you usually would, and walk the rest! During the day, find moments to get up out of the chair and go for a walk. It’s nothing overly complicated, but it will make a difference.

What’s in the Food?

Now, there’s something that you should know: not all healthy food is created equal. Indeed, some foods that are considered healthy - or claim to be - actually turn out to be anti-weight loss! Instead of eating what you’ve heard is good, or which claims on the packet to be good, do your own research. You might be consuming more calories than you think just because you thought a food was good for you.

Torturing Yourself

Finally, remember that you won’t get too far if you’re torturing yourself, and abstaining from any food and drink which is any way bad for you. Find a diet you’re comfortable with, even if it means having the very occasional chocolate bar.

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