Lasting weight loss can sometimes seem unattainable. Good intentions aren’t always enough to overcome the frustration of those sore muscles from your first workouts. What can you do to make sure you’re a success?
First, you need to develop specific goals for losing weight. Maybe you just want to fit back into the clothes you were wearing last year? Do you know how much weight you want to lose? Are you interested in overall fitness and health?
Keep track of your progress on a weekly basis. Create a journal and check your weight weekly. List the foods you eat in a daily food diary that is part of your journal. Writing down the foods that you consume will help you become more aware of what you are eating, thus inspiring you to stick to healthy foods.
Don’t allow yourself to be hungry all the time. This will make you more likely to binge on unhealthy foods. Stay away from this trap. Not planning your meals ahead of time is a surefire way to get caught in the junk food trap. Bring them along when you are away from your house. Prepare your meals at home starting now. This is not only rewarding for your waistline, but your wallet will thank you as well.
A truly great weight loss plan will focus on both diet and exercise. Clear your schedule for a few hours a week to enjoy some fun workouts. Choosing a workout that you genuinely enjoy can make your exercise time a priority in your schedule instead of something you forget about. Do you like to spend time with your guy friends? Take them on in a game of basketball. Are you a wild one? Try taking salsa lessons! Are you happiest when you are basking in the glories of nature? Hit the hiking trails!
It’s very simple: if there is no junk food in your house, you won’t eat junk food while at home. Unhealthy eating habits are usually due to your environment. By keeping things such as fruits, veggies and granola bars stocked in your house, you will be more likely to choose these more healthy treats. Get rid of snacks that are full of sugars and empty calories.
You cannot lose weight because your doctor says you should or your husband wants you to do it. You have to decide you are going to lose weight because you want to do it for yourself. If you have support from friends and family, it can be easier to meet your weight loss goals. Don’t be afraid to ask for a little reassurance. Call upon your friends and family when you have a lack of motivation.