When it comes to weight loss, it’s always a hard road to travel. After all, you’ve spent years gaining weight and losing it all is not going to happen overnight. Also, there’s no one solution that’s going to work for everyone. Everyone has a different physical makeup regarding body type, metabolism, diet and more. There’s also a variety of avenues you can turn to, whether it involves seeing a doctor, working with a personal trainer and/or nutrionist, joining support groups, doing your own research and going it out on your own or doing a little bit of everything. All this can make just getting started a crazy whirlwind, so here are 10 things to consider and remember, you won’t get to the end of your weight loss journey until you take those first steps.
- It’s Not All or Nothing: When attempting weight loss, don’t be discouraged and quit after your first, second or even third slip up. Remember, you’re human. Everyone makes mistakes. Learn from them and move on and don’t let these slip ups stall you from succeeding.
- Be Flexible With Your Exercise: There are a lot studies out there about when’s the best time to exercise, but a set schedule may not always be conducive to your lifestyle. In the end, as you long as you can do some kind of activity that will help raise your heart rate and help you work up a sweat at least once a day, you’re already accomplishing much. Learn more about 12 Easy Everyday Exericses (No Gym Required) by clicking here.
- Set Small Goals and Build on Them: Start off with small goals and build on them. For example, set a small goal to walk a couple of miles a day. When you’re comfortable with that, make it 5 miles a day. Perhaps after a period of time, you can switch from walking to jogging. You’re more likely to continue if you’re able to reach and succeed at the small milestones first before tackling the larger ones.
- Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast: A healthy breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day and help you make better food choices at other meals. Healthy breakfasts usually are geared more towards proteins and whole grains as opposed to fat and calories.
- Portion Control: As much as possible, try to portion out all your foods and just stick to what you’ve measured out. To measure by hand, keep the following in mind: 1 fist = 1 cup, cupped hand = ½ cup; open palm = 3 oz of meat; thumb’s up = 1 tablespoon; thumb tip = 1 tsp.
- Use a Salad Plate: When it comes to filling up our plates, there’s a tendency to want to hide all the white space with as much food as possible. You can still do that, but if you use a salad plate, it’s still a full plate food but with more than 50% less than what would be on the dinner plate.
- Beat Cravings By Distracting Yourself: When food cravings come, they’re difficult to resist, but sometimes taking your mind off of them by doing an activity can help. So instead of giving in, grab a magazine or book to read, take a walk, write in a journal, call a friend or do whatever else you can think of to distract yourself. Also keep in mind that hunger pangs can also mean that you’re actually just thirsty. Sometimes drinking a glass of water will do the trick.
- Ask for Support: When it comes time to start your weight loss program, ask for support from family, friends, co-workers, etc. They can help motivate, encourage and lend an ear for those times when you feel stuck or discouraged.
- Self-Motivate: Find ways to self-motivate in order to keep yourself on track. For example, buy a dress or a bikini in a smaller size or find a photo of someone who’s at the size you’d like to be. Every time you feel like giving up, take that dress out or take a look at that photo and just remind yourself of where you want to be in the future.
- Reward Your Milestones: As you reach milestones, whether short-term or long-term, celebrate by doing something nice for yourself. Short term goals can be anything from reaching a 5 pound weight loss or drinking 8 or more cups a day and you can reward yourself by having a long bubble bath, a manicure/pedicure, purchasing new workout clothes or savoring a glass of wine with dinner. Long term goals could be losing your first 50 lbs or getting into a smaller dress size with the ultimate goal of you reaching your final goal weight and being able to maintain it. Reward yourself by taking a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go or having a luxurious all day spa experience or buying a completely new wardrobe and getting a makeover. You’ve worked hard so you deserve something special.
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