Lasting weight loss can sometimes seem unattainable. One of the hardest things to do is to get started. The next hardest thing to do is to do it again. What is the recipe for weight loss success?
Identifying your goals, whether it pertains to a certain amount of weight lost or physical aesthetics, is the first step to losing weight. Do you hope to shed those last 10 pounds that have been bugging you, or are you planning on a dramatic, lifestyle changing weight loss? Figure out why losing weight is important to you. Figure out if you want to lose the weight in order to have more energy or to lose a dress size.
Each week, you should chart your progress, so you know if you are improving. You should only weigh yourself once a week and keep track of your weigh-ins. In the journal, write down the foods you eat each day. By physically recording what you eat, you will be more self aware and perhaps more discerning in your dietary choices.
It's a fact that you will have to eat at some point during your day. Prepare a weekly menu so that you will know what you are going to eat ahead of time. Be ready for the day! Get into the habit of packing your lunch. Give some thought to how much cash you will save by not dining out. You not only need to plan your weight loss goals, you also need to set up your environment for success.
A big part of successful weight loss is combining healthy eating with consistent exercise. It is important that you exercise three times a week or more. If you think this will be difficult to stick to, then choose activities you will have fun doing. Ask your friends to schedule a weekly walk or two with you. Consider taking a hike if you love being outside. If you enjoy dancing you should take a class and learn a new routine.
If there is something you can't eat, never bring it into the house! At first your family may find it a bit difficult to adjust, but they will come to realize that it is important for all of you to be healthy. Pack your pantry and refrigerator with healthy food choices instead of junk. Don't worry, you won't suffer from lack of snacks. Fruit makes a great snack for both children and adults. Granola is a healthy snack that any age group can enjoy.
Have your friends give you support any way they can. They might not be able to lose the weight for you, but their unconditional support is the next best thing. If you're held responsible by someone, it helps you to not give up when you're feeling like you can't go on. Calling a trusted friend can provide encouragement whenever you need it. They will help give you the support to allow you to go on.