Many people are excited when first starting out on a weight-loss routine. However, many become discouraged when they don’t see results as soon as they had expected. Some people can lose weight and keep it off. How do they do this? It is easy to believe there is a secret formula at work. What is that secret?
Choosing your fitness goal is step number one. Can you visualize a certain number that you would like to see on the scale? What about clothes? Would you like to go down a size or two, or maybe fit into your current wardrobe better? Are you in need of a better figure and a bit more energy?
Keep and ongoing record of your weight loss progress. Only weigh yourself one time weekly. Weighing yourself every day or more than once a week can contribute to anxiety if you are not seeing results. Write down everything you eat and the number of calories each food item or drink contains. Make sure you write down little stuff, like drinks and snacks, too. 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.
When you are hungry, it will be easy to make food choices that are not in your best interest. The focus is not on finding the healthiest options – you simply want to eat something immediately. Keeping snacks with you and ensuring you are eating regular meals will help avoid this. Take your own food with you to avoid eating out. This will help you control your calorie intake, and save you money at the same time.
Usually, just eating well is not enough to produce great weight loss results. Exercise added to your healthy diet will facilitate your progress. It will be easier for you to stick to your workout regimen if you like it. Keep an eye out for high-energy activities that you think you’d enjoy. Seek out classes that will keep your interest and invite friends to join you in these activities.
Even though most people have heard this, many don’t do it. Remove all high-fat, highly caloric snack items from your home. If they are not available, then you will not be able to give in to temptation. Instead, make sure you have a lot of healthy options in your pantry, such as fruit, vegetables, and nuts. When unhealthy food choices aren’t staring you in the face, it’s easy to avoid thinking about them.
It will be up to you to lose the weight, but it will be much easier if you have a good support system or someone to go through your weight-loss journey with you. The support of others is crucial for keeping you motivated. Make sure to use your support network when necessary. Your friends and family share the desire to see you succeed, so if you hit a bump in the road, ask one of them for the advice, assistance or encouragement you need to overcome the obstacle and get back on the road to achieving your goal.