How to Stick With Your Diet and Lose Your WeightPosted at by ifydcat on category diet
The most common barrier to losing the weight you want to lose is simply not knowing the best way to do it. While losing weight may not be easy, it can be made considerably easier by doing some planning in advance and following certain guidelines. Incorporate some of the following ideas into your weight loss plan to help yourself lose the weight and keep it off.
Start by writing down your weight loss goals. Choose a long-term goal and several short-term goals. Your long-term goal is the weight you are hoping to be at the end of your diet, but since this can take several months, you need to create short-term goals as well. For example, you may want to reach a goal of losing 2 pounds a week or exercising every day this week.
It’s important to write these goals down because if you don’t, they’re too easy to lose sight of. If your goals are just in your head, you may start feeling like you aren’t getting anywhere or forget what your goals are altogether and go off your diet plan. Instead, write them out and put them where you can see them. That way, you can make sure you are following your plan and make changes as needed.
Don’t expect your weight loss plan to be 100 percent successful all the time. The people who succeed at weight loss are the ones who keep going when they don’t seem to be getting anywhere. Sometimes, you’ll hit a plateau, and when that happens your weight won’t go down even though you’re still doing all the right things. It’s easy to feel as if your diet plan isn’t working if this happens to you, but just keep going. Soon you’ll start losing weight again.
You’ll need support and encouragement to help you stick to your plan, especially when you don’t seem to be losing the weight you want to lose. Some people like to do this by getting online. You can sign up with websites that allow you to track your weight, calories and exercise so that other users can support and encourage you. It’s especially helpful if you can get people you know in real life to join these websites too, so that you can get their support.
Even if you use online support, it’s also important to get support from the people in your daily life. It’s more difficult, and in some cases impossible, to diet if the people you live with don’t support your diet plan. Ask your family members to encourage you when you feel down; in addition, if they are eating foods that are not on your diet, talk to them about it. You may need to ask them not to eat these foods in your presence in order to curb temptation, particularly at the beginning of your diet.
Weight loss is important for your health and happiness, so don’t treat it as something difficult. Be confident as you make your diet plan, that you will lose your excess weight. Write down your goals, keep track of what you’re doing and get support for those times that you feel like giving up so that the pounds keep falling away.