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Published May 09, 2012, 02:59 PM

Areavoices: 7 tough-love tips for making your weight loss efforts successful

Today happens to be my birthday and I want to give you all a gift! I hear all the time that a diet plan isn’t working, or an exercise routine isn’t producing results. The truth is, it’s all about taking action. So here are 7 tough love secrets of a successful weight loss plan.

By: Joe Ketterling, Areavoices blogger, INFORUM

Today happens to be my birthday and I want to give you all a gift! I hear all the time that a diet plan isn’t working, or an exercise routine isn’t producing results. The truth is, it’s all about taking action. So here are 7 tough love secrets of a successful weight loss plan.

Get Active – By far the number one secret to a successful weight loss plan is being active. Sure that intense 30 minute workout certainly does help, but the truth is you need to be moving a lot more. Go for a walk, join a softball league, start training for a 5k or a 10k, whatever it is just get moving and stay active!

Drink Water – If there is one way calories are secretly sneaking in your diet it’s through the not so sneaky drinks. Coffee and tea are fine, but for the rest of the day just drink water. Ditch the sodas(even diet) and juices, drink more water!

Make A Commitment - Stop kicking the tire and do something for yourself. Join a weight loss group, a gym, or group exercise class. Whatever it is, take some action and commit to it!

Create a Plan and Break Bad Habits- Nine out of 10 of my weight loss clients binge eat on a regular basis. They have no plans, every meal they eat is sporadic. Have a plan and stick to it no matter what. If you want to see results, planning ahead is going to be crucial!

Ditch the Bad Carbs – Sugar is very addictive and it sabotages your results. Get rid of all the processed sugars from your diet. Replace those bad sugars with fruits and vegetables. If you can do this, not only will you see more results, you will feel a lot better and have more energy!

Be Real With Yourself - Stop justifying your bad decisions and start making good ones. Accept that it will take some time to see the results that you want. Most of all, never quit!

Invovle Others and Be a Leader – If you really want a way to get awesome results, be a leader and get other people involved with your weight loss. No you don’t need to be a personal trainer, you just need to be that person that inspires other to be healthy. You might be surprised how well this works for your weight loss results!

Weight loss doesn’t need to be too complicated. Just take some action and watch your body transform!

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