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By Johnnie Guerrio; Freelance Writer

How to begin your weight loss journey

Starting the journey towards a healthier lifestyle can be a big step. Many people decide to go on a weight loss journey for different reasons: to set an example for their children, to look better during the summertime, for their health or just because they want to be smaller or more fit. It takes courage, will power and confidence to start and stick with your weight loss journey. Here are a few of the most important tips you will find on how to start your weight loss journey and how to see it through to the end.

Set a weight loss and fitness goal

The very first thing you should do is set a weight loss and/or fitness goal. Decide if you want to shed five pounds or thirty pounds, and in what amount of time you would like to lose the weight. If you want to simply tone up, pick a goal: do you want to be able to lift a certain amount of weight, or do you want to gain a certain amount of muscle? These are all imperative questions you need to ask yourself and come up with an answer to before you begin your journey. Otherwise, you will start off on the wrong foot with your weight loss/fitness adventure – or you may never start at all.

Choose the diet and fitness plan you want to try

With so many diets out there, it is important to research and make an informed decision on what type of diet you want to stick with. Do you want to try the paleo diet? A carb-free diet? Do you want to go vegetarian? The possibilities are endless. There are many fitness options to consider as well. If you are a beginner, it is best to start out at the gym and work with a trainer. If you know what you are doing, there are many at-home plans to try, such as Insanity or P90X.

Have a strong support system

The most important thing to have before you embark on your weight loss and/or fitness journey is a support system. Many tend to fail at their weight loss or fitness goals because they have no one to encourage them or go on a diet with them. Having someone who will help you and possibly guide you is the best way to stick to your weight-loss journey and get the results you are aiming for.

Losing weight and exercising does not have to be difficult. You can begin and thrive in a new healthy lifestyle if you put your mind to it. These simple tips will help you start your journey toward a healthier life and a stronger, lighter mind and body in no time. As always, it is important to speak with your doctor before you do anything. They can give you an idea as to whether the diet/exercise regime you choose is right for you. Don't put off your goals for a healthy life and a brand new way of living any longer; start living a better life today!

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