Sometimes losing weight can seem like the hardest thing in the world. You start out motivated and ready to conquer the world, but fear and confusion can put a damper on that feeling pretty fast. You may wonder how others meet their goals successfully and manage to keep their weight off. How can some people remain motivated while others fall flat?
Determining exactly what you want to achieve from your weight loss efforts should be your first step. What are you trying to achieve when losing weight? Do you want to be able to wear clothes that are a smaller size? Is a certain weight the one you are after? Is your goal to make your body more healthy?
Consider keeping a weight loss journal. You can make your daily entries as brief or as detailed as you like. For instance, you can simply include a list of the foods you ate at each meal and your weight for that day. By using a weight loss journal, you can can check on your progress. If you find that you are not sticking to your plan, you can change where you’re going wrong to get back on track.
If you reach a level of hunger that feels like starvation, there’s a pretty good chance that you will choose the wrong food to eat. Avoid making poor food choices by always have a collection of healthful snacks packed and ready whenever you are out. It is much wiser to take your lunch to work or school, rather than eating out. Packing your own meal gives you more control over the calories you consume, and will help you avoid the over-indulgence that occurs when you dine out. It is much cheaper than eating out so you will find that you aren’t only losing weight, but you are helping your wallet!
A big part of successful weight loss is combining healthy eating with consistent exercise. Exercising requires restructuring of your schedule; a couple of hours three days a week should be suitable for significant weight loss. If this has been where you have failed in the past, plan instead to incorporate exercise into things you already enjoy. Ask your friends to walk with you. 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 like to dance then go out dancing, but try a new form of dance such as salsa or samba classes.
Refrain from purchasing food that doesn’t fit your diet. Your family may take some time getting used to this healthier way of eating, but they will adjust given time. Load up the fridge with fruits, veggies and other healthy items. Don’t worry, you won’t suffer from lack of snacks. One of the best snacks for both adults and children is fresh fruit. Granola is another good choice, among many other options.
Get a friend to workout with. We can often make excuses if we only answer to ourselves and ignore our responsibility to stay healthy. Having someone to exercise with will give you the motivation you need to continue on. You and your friend can encourage one other as well as give advice when asked.