Lasting weight loss can sometimes seem unattainable. We start with all the enthusiasm and motivation in the world, and then get discouraged when we feel the soreness from our first workout. What is the recipe for weight loss success?
Start by setting your goals. Is there a special event coming up that you want to look nice for? Are your weight loss goals very specific or do you just want to become a bit thinner and leaner? Are you interested in becoming generally healthier, or is slimming down a medical necessity? These are the types of things that you need to really think about.
Stay on top of all of your progress. Check your weight only one time a week. If you weigh yourself multiple times a day, your anxiety levels will be high. Write down everything you eat and the number of calories each food item or drink contains. Write about the things you drink and include snacks as well. The act of logging food often helps you focus on what you choose to eat or drink and can prevent you from making a bad, short-term decision without thinking.
It can be really hard to make wise choices about what to eat when you starved. Plan your meals in advance to avoid temptation, and always make sure you have healthy snacks ready. Make brown bag lunches a new fad at work! Everyone will save money and eat healthier.
The secret to successful, lasting weight loss is a combination of nutritious eating habits coupled with a good exercise program. You must exercise a minimum of three days each week, but more is even better! If working out this often is difficult for you to do, then you must ensure you do exercises that you love. If you like having long conversations with your friends, you can go with them for a walk. Enjoy your workout in nature if you can. Hiking trails and bike paths offer some great outdoor space for working out by walking, biking, inline skating or even skateboarding. If you enjoy dancing you should take a class and learn a new routine.
Keeping junk food away makes it easier to avoid eating it. Remove the temptation by either putting it away and out of sight, or just not buying it in the first place. 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.
While you are trying to lose weight, ask your friends for support. While losing the weight is ultimately up to you, keeping friends around who can help and support you is a great way to maintain motivation, especially when you may be in danger of quitting your program. Be sure to have a good circle of supportive friends to call on when you are down and discouraged. Friends can support you throughout your journey.