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Don't walk when you can run, don't run where you could cycle, leave car in garage. Do more household chores hard way. Take stairs instead of lift.
If your work or chores involve exercise it's easy to get your subconscious to go along with it. It seems less of a trial, and you're killing two birds with one stone.
Exercise for it's own sake is hard; part of us can see no immediate gain to doing it, and puts up mental and emotional barriers.
Clean your house, jog to shops, dig garden, explore your locale on foot.
Exercise at home. Do push ups, pull ups, sit-ups, use a couple of chairs as dumb-bells. It's a bother and an expense to go to a gym; set up your own routine at home, and stick to it five days out of every seven.
5. Do not take special medications or diet foods if you can help it.
Diet medications are usually amphetamine or stimulant-based; they perk you up, so you don't feel depressed or hungry. Soldiers use amphetamines in war; they keep you keen, and you don't feel hungry. The trouble is you become physically addicted to them, instead of food, and you're worse off in end. They rot your body and your mind, and you have exchanged one fixation for another, more urgent one.
Eating food supplements will take off pounds; you'll lose a few pounds to begin with in ANY diet anyway. However, what will happen when you stop eating this expensive food substitute? Unless your will power is engaged, you'll revert to your old habits.
Losing weight involves an act of WILL. If you're sort of person who diets for a bit and then 'rewards' yourself with a cream cake, WHO are you trying to fool? Your subconscious, your friends? You won't fool bathroom scales, or that dress you're trying to get into.
Perhaps part of you would like to be slim, especially on public occasions. The other, deeper, part wants to gorge itself on WHATever it likes, WHENever it likes. Eating is lovely, isn't it? It may be your one consolation in an otherwise miserable life.
To fix your weight, fix other problems in your life, then staying off snacks will be much easier.
This involves finding out what vocation you have in life. What do you REALLY want to do? If it's nothing, then that's fine. Once you acknowledge this, you'll find your peace of mind improves, and your craving for food will be less.
Otherwise find some activity you can devote yourself to, that engages your whole being.
Eating is often a recreation; find a nobler one.
T. O' Donnell (http://www.tigertom.com) is an ecommerce consultant in London, UK. His latest project is a loan and mortgage calculator, available at http://www.tigertom.com/mortgages-uk.shtml.