We’ve all seen the heartwarming videos and read stories of the soldiers who return home from deployment. With the advent of social media it’s been easier then ever to watch them return home to loved ones. With all of the chaos going on in the world, we wanted to share another story with you regarding a slightly different take on this tale.
Melanie was aware of the fact that she had put on weight before her husband left, and even more while her husband had gone to the middle east on deployment. She was determined to slim back down before her husband returned home and make it a big surprise when he met her in the airport. With a new found fire to drop the pounds, she started researching ways to lose weight and dive in head first.
The first thing that Melanie determined that needed to change was her diet. While she wasn’t eating hamburgers and french fries every day, she certainly could have been making better food choices. Cutting down the carbs, big time, was her first area of improvement. Less bread and pasta, while increasing the greens made a noticeable difference in a few short weeks. She was also aware of the fact that the sugar in her beverage selections was not doing her any favors. Water and unsweetened ice tea became her only choices moving forward, and once again this simple change made a big improvement.
Next, she started exercising regularly each day, whether it was with weights or cardio. Melanie noted that her mood improved just by adding some exercise in each day. For her schedule it was easiest to do cardio most mornings, and when she had extra time, included some weight resistance training. Melanie also noted that doing simple push-ups and wall squats started to make a difference in her muscle tone as well.
When the big day finally arrived, James had no idea that his wife had undergone such a drastic makeover. He could hardly believe his eyes that his wife went through all of this, and it made his homecoming that much better. She had dropped 8 dress sizes and while she still has more weight to lose, she's more than confident enough to reach her goal. Melanie’s one piece of advice for those who are looking to make a drastic change in their physical life is to keep your eyes on the prize and never give up. It’s easy to slip back into old habits, but if your desire is strong it will outweigh any negative obstacles in your path.
In order to lose weight you must have discipline and create healthy habits. Extreme discipline is needed to eat healthy food over junk and to get up and work out. The most efficient and healthy way to lose weight is by exercising 30-45 minutes a day combined with cutting out meat, dairy, and other non-vegan products. Going vegan is the popular term for only eating things that come from the earth and are not made by anything with a face.
With all the vegan snacks and treats there has never been a better time to become vegan and shed some pounds. While going vegan can seem overwhelming at first it is the best lifestyle change you can make for your body. Although being vegan can be quite a huge change for most part, because we all love our cheeseburgers. It is a change that your body will notice almost instantly. It takes a while for your body to adjust to a new habit, but once all of the toxins have cleared out of your body you will be looking at a brand new you.
Did you know that most people lose 10-20 pounds within weeks after committing to a raw vegan diet? That’s because your body doesn’t want all those chemicals in your body. Often those chemicals come from processed food and meat. After eating vegan for a while your tastes start to change and you genuinely like different types of food. After eating vegan for a month and switching back you will notice that some of your favorite foods don’t taste that great anymore. That is the kind of lifestyle change you need to make in order to not just lose weight but keep it off.
Keeping weight off is just as important to losing it and when you decide to be vegan it’s the best of both worlds. Being vegan can keep you from the yo-yo effect of dieting because it’s not dieting it’s a sincere life change and after doing it for a while you will wonder why you haven’t done it all the time. However just going vegan isn’t enough to cut the pounds and get the body that you want. In order to maximize weight loss while going vegan it is important to get at least 30-45 minutes a day of exercise. Weather it is a full on work out with trainer or just a brisk walk in the park in order to lose the pounds it is important to be active.
Joining a fitness group or even just getting a fitness app is a great way to start. Studies show that having a support system to workout with is a great way to keep you on track. Working out with a partner is my favorite. When you have a designated partner you keep each other honest and the path in front of you seems way less scary. It can be overwhelming to imagine trading in you couch potato hours in front of the television for 30-45 minutes of exercise but your body will thank you. The more you get up and get active the easier it becomes.
Over time it will become a normal part of you routine just like getting up in the morning. In conclusion disciple and good habits are the only way to lose weight and keep it off. With the combined power of not eating any processed trash or meat into your body and a regular workout schedule the pounds will fall away quickly. That’s the goal get the weight off quickly and keep it off as long as possible.
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