Often, when people start their new weight loss program, they have a lot of drive to stick with it. Sometimes the long term goal just seems too elusive, and the tendency is to give up too soon. How is it that certain people can lose the weight and keep it off? One wonders if there is a secret to this amazing accomplishment. What is that secret?
The first step you should take when trying to lose weight is setting a goal for yourself. It does not matter what your desired end result is, whether it be one size or 50 pounds. Having a specific goal will increase your odds for success.
Keep and ongoing record of your weight loss progress. You should only weigh yourself once a week. If you weigh yourself multiple times a day, your anxiety levels will be high. You should keep track of all of the foods you consume and their calorie count in a food diary. Make sure you write in all your beverages and snacks as well. When you have to write down your food and drink choices, it can go a long way toward discouraging you from making unwise choices.
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. Save money and avoid temptation by planning out your meals and bringing them with you before you leave the house. Rather than eat lunch in a restaurant, pack your own. You will save lots of money and get a better quality of food. The food you prepare for yourself will have far less fat, sodium and calories than anything you could buy at a restaurant or fast food eatery.
Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly can help you lose weight easily. Find an enjoyable workout, and be sure to participate in it several times each week. If it is difficult for you to get regular exercise, try incorporating exercise into things you normally enjoy doing. Go for a walk with your friends when you hang out. If you have an interest in dancing, take a dance class. If you prefer to go on hikes, check out trails you haven’t been to before as a change of pace.
You might realize this, but it’s worth saying: if you don’t have any junk food in the house, you won’t be tempted to eat it. Instead of junk food, make sure there are plenty of healthy snacks, such as veggies, fruits and nuts in your pantry. Quit stocking up your kitchen with food that is bad for you. Do not buy any junk food to ensure that you will not be tempted to eat it.
Reach out to your friends and family to support you during your weight loss efforts. Even though it is still ultimately up to you to lose weight, their support can be a great source of motivation. Having to answer to someone other than yourself can help keep you from giving up when you are feeling discouraged. Try calling a friend if you are in need of some additional encouragement. They will help you stay motivated and keep striving for your goals.