So you’ve decided that you want to take control of your health and fitness goal – right?
That amazing and I want to congratulate you!
However, after you’ve gone two or more weeks on this weight loss journey, you may realize that it is not as easy as it seems when you first started.
The reality is, it is VERY difficult to break old habits – especially the ones that caused you to gain those extra pounds in the first place.
You see, it is very easy to become complacent and give up on your goal.
This is especially so if your weight loss results are coming slower than you expected. If every day you are checking the scale and the numbers are not going down, it can be depressing even for the most strong-willed person.
That said, I am not here to add salt to injury but rather the opposite.
I want to motivate you to take the right actions so that you can achieve your health and fitness goals in the shortest amount of time possible.
Before I get into the details though, let me just say it is not a walk in the park. Losing weight and getting in shape does take work.
However, with the tips below, it will be a LOT more fun and you’ll actually want to stick to doing the things that will make you successful as opposed to seeing them as a chore.
The following 5 tips will help you stick to a weight loss plan and shed those pounds for good.
How To Achieve Your Weight Goals
1. Set Realistic Goals
Goals, Goals, and Goals!
I know it may sound a bit cliche to you but this is the foundation for success with anything in life, not just weight loss. Think about it, if you don’t know what you want to achieve, anything will do.
So it is very important that you first DECIDE exactly what you want to accomplish. By the way, saying “I want to lose weight” is not a goal. A goal should be definite and has a reasonable time to come to fruition.
For example, your weight loss goal could be: I will lose 24 pounds in 90 days.
That is a definite goal and it has a reasonable time of 90 days to come to fruition.
With such a goal, you’ll have enough time to adapt to your new health and fitness lifestyle. It is long enough for you not to feel overwhelmed but short enough to not feel like a life sentence.
The good thing about this example goal as well is that as you proceed towards your target, you’ll form new habits that will become a part of your daily lifestyle. Making the right food choices will become easier and working will become easier as well as you get fitter.
Things that use to challenge you when you first started are now a walk in the park.
But If you do not set realistic goals for yourself, your stick-with-it part can become difficult. Setting goals is important for weight loss as it differentiates between success and failure of the plan.
Note however that while goals are important, not all of them are effective. Some are unrealistic, such as trying to shed 20 pounds a week. Unrealistic goals are hard to attain and will only leave you disappointed.
Dreaming big is acceptable, but dreaming unrealistic isn’t.
Realistic goals are the fastest and easiest way to lose weight. All of your weight loss goals should be such that you can easily stay focused on your plans.
It is easy to set realistic goals. First, plan a slow weight loss process, don’t be hasty. Don’t be disappointed if you lose only one pound during the first week.
You are making good progress. Give yourself a pat on the back for such an achievement and take steady steps ahead.
2. Have A Plan In Place
Once you have set your weight loss goals, you will need to set a plan for getting there.
The plan should contain clear details of an approach that you want to take to lose weight. Your plan should also contain the changes you want to make in your menu in order to accomplish your weight loss goals.
Moreover, it should have the details of the changes you wish to make in your lifestyle to help realize your weight loss goals.
In order to stick to your weight loss plan, you need to have one plan to stick to. Much planning should go into determining what you should do to achieve your goals.
Most of us lead busy lives, making it difficult to cook dinner every night. If you are like this, it helps to plan your meal ahead of time. To eat healthy at restaurants, look at their menu in advance to decide what you will eat. Most restaurants upload their dishes online.
3. Join A Support Group
Humans are by nature social creatures.
If you were to do your exercises all by yourself, you will most likely have excuses to skip sessions.
This is why it is advised to get around individuals that are working towards a common goal of losing weight.
Sticking to your weight loss formula is easier if you exercise in the company of others as their presence will offer the required enthusiasm. On the other hand, if the enthusiasm wanes and you stray from fitness sessions your friends will surely come after you.
If you have never joined support group, many questions may be running through your mind right now. Upon joining in a club, you will be required to attend the training sessions once a week, twice a week, or on a monthly basis. The membership fees of most fitness centers are usually inexpensive and always within anyone’s budget.
When looking for a weight-loss club, you should understand that not all centers are equal. For instance, some clubs have extra features like cooking classes for healthy eating.
4. Prevent Hunger
Going for many hours without food makes it easy to eat junk foods. So, if you are overly hungry, don’t be surprised that you have consumed them and kept adding weight. To shun the temptation, and to ensure that you eat the right type of foods, it is advised to avert hunger.
Consume three well-balanced meals a day, beginning with breakfast which consists of proteins and one serving of each whole-grain carbs and fruits. Skipping breakfast or lunch can result in cravings later on.
If you usually eat lunch on the run, carry your lunch to work to evade the high-calorie diet saboteurs. A balanced lunch should contain two servings each with carbs and protein, along with one serving of vegetables. You can also include between-meal snacks as they have been shown to boost metabolism and assist you to lose weight fast.
However, not all snacks are good for you. Some can trigger weight gain. Choose mini-rice cakes smeared with peanut butter, banana with the packet of almond butter, or boiled eggs with some veggies.
5. Stay Positive Always
A majority of the people who vow to lose weight don’t actually bother sticking to their weight loss plans. They cannot imagine themselves having a healthy body.
Don’t make this mistake.
Think positively about your weight loss program and you will see results. Whenever you start to feel down think about the progress you have made and how good you will look when you reach your target weight.
There is no fast way to shed those unwanted pounds; it will happen in due course. Stay positive always, and no matter how difficult things get in the beginning, keep it fun and remember the results at the end of your weight loss plan.
You may take several months to get the results of the physical nature. However, you can begin to see mental results within several weeks.
For most people staying motivated may be a challenge. Nonetheless, you will realize that, in addition to your reasons for shedding unwanted pounds, you can gain all the inspiration you require by following these 5 tips.
If you are following all these tips whole-heartedly you’re likely to stick to your weight loss plan.
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