It can be difficult to stick to a weight loss plan. In beginning stages, it is very easy to be completely motivated to meeting our initial weight loss goals. However, eventually motivation usually dwindles, and you start to give up. It does not happen to everyone, though. There are some people who are successful at achieving their goals and maintaining their weight loss permanently. What is their secret to this success?
Initially, plan exactly what you hope to achieve with your weight loss regimen. Maybe you just want to fit back into the clothes you were wearing last year? Do you want to reach a certain goal weight? Are you interested in overall fitness and health?
Check and document your progress on a weekly basis. Write things down in a journal and make sure you weigh in at least once a week. Add a food diary to your journal, and be sure to list your food intake throughout each day. By physically recording what you eat, you will be more self aware and perhaps more discerning in your dietary choices.
Keep healthy snacks on hand in case you get hungry. Otherwise, you may be tempted by fast food or junk food. Plan to eat healthy by packing a nutritious lunch. Not only will you be saving calories, but also you’ll save money.
Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly can help you lose weight easily. Find exercise that you like and do it regularly. If you find yourself having trouble getting enough exercise, you should think of a way to incorporate exercise into the things you enjoy doing. Go for a walk or bike ride when you get together with your friends. Try taking a formal dancing class if you like dancing. Try searching for new trails to hike on if you like hiking.
It’s very simple: if there is no junk food in your house, you won’t eat junk food while at home. A well stocked pantry full of healthy food is not to be underestimated; it can make a big difference in the success of your weight loss program! Avoid temptation by making sure only healthy, nutritious foods enter your house.
A great support network can go a long way in helping you to stay focused on your weight loss plan. Have your friends give you support and encouragement. Your friends can give you a much-needed lift when your are out of motivation. The can help motivate you to get moving when you have lost the will to exercise. You know you’d do the same if the tables were turned.