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Knowing where to begin can be the hardest part of losing weight, but Dr. Koven has you covered. Follow these effective and effortless steps to get started:
- Stop beating up on yourself — Saying you hate yourself is not a good starting point for productive change. “The fact is that hormonal changes, stress and what’s been called our obesogenic environment, where food is available twenty four seven and we tend to lead rather sedentary lifestyles, all contribute to the fact that over 60 percent of us in America are now overweight or obese,” says Dr. Koven. “It’s not your own personal failings that have cause this, so let’s just move beyond that.”
- Start moving — Sometimes people get very hung up on making exercise complicated. Dr. Koven found that most women who successfully lost weight started with simply walking around the block. It doesn’t have to be Pilates or the gym.
- Limit takeout — “Consider the amount of takeout and restaurant food your consuming and whether or not you can start cutting back on that,” says Dr. Koven. “It’s a very concrete step but it’s an important one. The average American eats 600 more calories a day today than we did 40 years ago. Most of those calories are coming from takeout and processed food.”
Dr. Koven also suggests carrying food from home on you throughout the day, such as an apple in your pocketbook.
“You wouldn’t spend all day babysitting for a child and not provide any food for them; you wouldn’t invite somebody over to your house for dinner and not provide food for them,” says Dr. Koven.”Well, provide for yourself. Because If you don’t, the world will provide. And what the world will provide is donuts.”
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