For most people, losing weight is an uphill battle. If you are struggling to shed some extra pounds, you’ve likely tried one product after another and have found many over promise and under deliver. For many people seeking to lose weight, there are no short cuts. There are products that can help you along the way, but even with the use of these products, you are still going to have to put in a lot of hard work to see the results you are looking for. Consider a few pieces of advice or Baby steps to a healthier lifestyle that when put into practice can help any diet succeed. Drinking Your Calories Drinking a glass of juice provides your body with far too much sugar, so choose a glass of water and eating actual fruit instead to help you lose weight. Fruit also contains fibre, which you won’t get unless you eat the skin and the pulp. Apples are excellent for any diet plan! If you are bored with water but you can’t stand diet drinks, try mixing the two and slowly changing up the ratio. The amount of sugar and calories in the mixed beverage will be less than if you didn’t add the diet version at all. As you adjust to the new taste, you can reduce the calorie count even further. To lose weight, switch to diet soda. This is an easy way to eliminate hundreds of calories from your daily diet, especially if you drink large servings. Even a 12 oz can of a soda contain 39g of sugar and 140 calories, and most sodas are even larger than that! If you drink soda, switching to diet should be your first step. Be careful to read the label though; some diet sodas can sabotage your weight loss goals as the sugar substitutes they contain may cause you to crave actual sugar! Actively Engaged The number one enemy to dieters is a sedentary lifestyle. Many people today have a 9-5 desk job that requires very little physical activity. If you have such a lifestyle you have to make time each day to do something physical. This doesn’t mean you have to suddenly become an avid runner. Take a baby step by making small changes every day. Walk to that sandwich shop down the street instead of driving. Use the stairs, take a dance class, or play with your kids at the park. Whatever you do, you have to make sure you are making the necessary changes to get active. Diet Fools If you’re striving to lose weight and look your best, there are a number of so-called “diet” foods that you should actually avoid. Light flavoured yoghurts actually have twice the fat as regular yoghurt and should be avoided when you are trying to lose weight. Fruit smoothies should also be avoided as they are surprisingly high in fat and calories. While most “diet” foods are diet friendly, it is never safe to assume. Losing weight doesn’t have to be a complex, stressful endeavour. If you find that the stress of losing weight is threatening your efforts, remember to take baby steps. Losing weight requires a complete change in lifestyle, and making that change takes time. Stick to common sense, and never let something you want now stand in the way of your ultimate goal. Apply yourself to the process, keep a positive attitude and you’ll soon see those extra pounds melting away.