Size 0 is a cultural obsession in the United States. The fashion industry and the media promote tiny women with nearly unattainable figures. Not everyone is meant to be a size 0. The size of your clothing is directly proportional to how tall you are and your body type. If you have wide hips, no matter how small your waist is and how flat your belly is, you may never fit into a size 0. Before your start your journey to a size 0, talk to your doctor about what is a healthy size for you. Regardless of whether your ideal size is 0, you can take these steps to create a healthier and slimmer you.
Things You'll Need
- Healthy food
- Exercise routine
Count your calories and eat right. Use an online caloric-needs calculator to find your ideal calorie intake for weight loss. Limiting your caloric intake is an essential part of losing weight and getting to your goal size, but you need to get the right calories. Load your plate with lean protein like chicken, fish and legumes, get plenty of veggies and stick to complex carbohydrates. Balanced meals will ensure that you have the energy you need to be active.
Exercise. Exercise is an essential part of any healthy weight-loss program. Find physically rigorous activities that you enjoy and schedule time to do them three to four times a week. Balance your workouts to include cardiovascular exercise and weight training. Looking for activities you enjoy makes it easier for you to keep up with your workout routine. There is no solution to achieving the perfect dress size that doesn't involve some kind of effort.
Listen to your body. If you're hungry, eat, and if you're in pain, give yourself a break from working out. Starving yourself or overexercising can cause long-term damage that will set you back in your quest to fit into your perfect dress size.
Track your progress. Regularly recording what you eat, how much you exercise, your weight and your measurements will keep you accountable. Additionally, you can identify trends in your weight-loss patterns. If you switched exercise programs and lost an additional 2 inches in a particular month, a log of what you've eaten and how you've worked out will make it easy to see if your new figure is attributable to the new exercise program.
Be patient and be accepting. Losing inches and pounds the healthy way is a process. You're more likely to keep the weight off if you take time to achieve your goals. Be accepting and be proud of your achievements. Celebrate every time you drop a dress size. Even if you never make it to size 0, take pride in becoming a healthier individual.
Tips & Warnings
- Consult your health-care provider before starting any diet and exercise program. Not everyone can achieve a size 0 and be healthy at the same time. Extreme dieting and exercise can lead to health problems, such as hair loss and weak bones. If you focus your weight loss on health rather than a dress size you'll stay on the right track.
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