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By Karie Hamilton

Losing weight is not complicated. But you DO have to know what you’re doing… Here I’ll give you ten simple weight loss tips that will tip the scales in your favour!

1. To lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in. Add up how many calories you’re eating every day, and then figure out how many calories you’re burning via exercise. If you want to lose weight, the second number has to be bigger than the first.

2. Make small changes in your daily routine. They add up! Instead of driving to work, bike there. If you’re going to take the bus to the movies, get off early and walk part of the way. Just think of the massive improvements you’ll see if you make these minor changes!

3. Food. Food is key. Take a look at a healthy eating guide, and change your eating habits to fit it. If you’re creative enough, you can still enjoy delicious food – and stick to a healthy diet!

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4. You might not expect this one: sleep! Yes, sleep is crucial to losing weight and getting a fit, healthy body. You can exercise all you want, and have a great diet, but to lose weight you also have to get a good night’s sleep.

5. Motivation is the most common reason people have difficulty losing weight. Having a plan isn’t everything: if you don’t get out there and do it, it’s not worth anything! So get some friends to work out with you, write down some goals, make a workout playlist – whatever you have to do.

6. EXERCISE. This is the key, and too many women are lazy about it. Try to lose weight without doing exercise, and guess what’ll happen… nothing! If you’re serious about this, then get yourself to the gym, go to training sessions, go running, go swimming, whatever. It’s the only way to lose weight.

7. Be consistent. Don’t try to lose 50 pounds in a week! Aim for a steady, easily attainable level of weight loss, and don’t overdo it. If you try to lose too much, you’ll just end up doing more harm than good. Make yourself a plan, and stick to it every day.

8. Don’t be sedentary. Or, in plain English: get off your butt! Studies show that sitting around for long periods of time can actually cancel out the gains you get from exercise. So skip that eight hour CSI marathon. Go for a walk once in a while or do some push-ups and sit-ups to get your blood flowing again.

9. Don’t try to do it alone. It’s really tough to stick to a diet and workout regime all by yourself. If you really want to lose weight, do it with friends or family! If none of your friends want to join you, get a personal trainer to keep you on track.

10. Have fun! Remember why you’re doing this: it’s not supposed to be a gruelling task, you’re trying to lose weight and get fit! So enjoy it. Stick to the activities you like, and make your workouts something to look forward to!

About the Author: This Ezine-Tip was submitted By Karie Hamilton – Fitness Expert, and downtown Toronto’s Fat Assassin. Are you ready to get pumped? Take your fitness to the max with your monthly fix of fat loss tips, tricks, secrets, myths, and rants by joining my free newsletter at www.thefitnessgirl.com

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