You don’t need to buy a gym membership or expensive diet program to lose weight. All you need to do is have a plan and stick with it. First, make the decision to exercise every day. You can combine cardio and weight training into a single exercise, or you can do cardio one day and weight training the next. For cardiovascular exercise, you can ride a bike, vigorously walk, run, roller skate, or participate in a very physical sport. Good sports for cardiovascular exercise would be basketball, racquetball, tennis, or soccer. Swimming is also a great exercise for both cardio and weight training as it tones the muscles.

For your weight training exercises, once again, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. You can buy a set of hand weights for less than twenty dollars to get started. They will probably be sufficient for quite some time, as it takes time to develop both strength and endurance. It is important not to skip weight training because you will risk losing muscle weight, which will weaken you. A common misconception is that weight training will lead to visible muscle mass. Trust me; you won’t become a bodybuilder overnight.

Learn what foods to avoid eating and avoid them. Generally speaking, you should avoid eating fried foods, processed foods, foods that contain refined sugar such as baked goods, chocolate, white bread, and anything that comes topped with cheese (i.e. cheese topped fries). Focus on eating healthy foods like fresh fruits, raw vegetables, whole grain breads, brown rice, lean meats, and fish. Make sure to eat a mixture of protein (meat) and carbohydrates (pasta and breads).

For the best weight loss results, you should stop eating two or three meals a day and try to eat six meals a day. Eating more often will help you avoid overeating because you won’t feel very hungry when you sit down. You should also make a conscientious effort to drink at least 8 – 8 oz. glasses of water every day. The water will help prevent bloating and keep all of your systems running smoothly. Now this plan won’t work overnight. You must stick to the plan for at least eight weeks before making a decision about its effectiveness. Remember the basics and keep it simple. Losing weight doesn’t have to be too complicated.