Many people are excited when first starting out on a weight loss routine. But after a while, people give up because their dream seems too far away. Some people can lose weight and manage to keep the weight off. How do they do it? It is easy to believe there is a secret formula at work. What is that secret?
First of all, you should set goals for your weight loss. What results would you like to see from your weight loss? Would you be happier if you were able to wear smaller clothes? Are you trying to get to a certain weight? Are your primarily interested in improving your health?
Keep track of your weight loss weekly. Maintain a journal in which you track the weekly changes in your weight. Keep a diary of what you eat within the same book. Record what you eat each day, so you can stay accountable. You will think twice about your food choices when you have to keep a record.
If you become too hungry, your ability to make rational food choices will diminish and you may end up on an eating binge that you will later regret. Avoid being faced with poor choices unexpectedly by planning your meals and snacks for each day and packing them to take along wherever you go. Rather than eat lunch in a restaurant, pack your own. You will save money by bringing your own food, and the food you make will be healthier than what you can get from restaurants and fast food places.
To be successful in any weight loss plan you must incorporate both a healthy diet and a good exercise routine. For steady weight loss, try a combination of diet and exercise. You can also have fun by doing activities that involve exercise. If you find it difficult to motivate yourself to exercise, get a buddy to take a walk with you. Get your family out and about and stay active with bike rides and hikes in the woods. You won’t even be aware that you are getting exercise!
To stop eating unhealthy foods, make it harder to obtain. You could hide your junk food, but you would probably be better of not buying it at all. If your cupboards and refrigerator are stocked with healthy food choices that are easily accessible, you increase your chances of eating these foods for snacks and meals.
If you want help sticking to a weight loss plan, then you need a good support system. A collection of friends you can call on for inspiration will be invaluable. When you feel like giving up, they will be there to cheer you on. They keep you going when all you want to do is sleep or play video games. That’s what friends are for.