Sometimes we think achieving lasting weight loss isn't in the cards for us. One of the hardest things to do is to get started. The next hardest thing to do is to do it again. What can you do to make sure you're a success?
Before you start any weight loss program, determine how many pounds you want to lose. You must also decide if you would just like to drop a few pounds or if you want to lose so much weight that you will have to buy all new clothes. Think about why you want to lose weight. Do you want to drop a dress size? To reach a specific weight goal? Or maybe you just want to improve your health and energy levels?
Keeping a weight loss journal is a great way to record how you are doing. Taking notes helps you keep your goals in mind. Weighing yourself weekly will help you chart your progress. Think about writing down exactly what you eat on a daily basis. Writing down the foods you consume each day will allow you to see what is helpful for losing weight and what is not. Looking at these entries can motivate you and give you new ideas.
If you let yourself get hungry, you will begin to think with your tummy rather than your head. In order to avoid this from occurring, prepare some healthy food options to take with you when you go out. It is far better to bring a bagged lunch wherever you are going, than to end up in a fast food restaurant. Packing your lunch gives you control over portion sizes and calories. As it's typically much less expensive to bring your own lunch than to dine out, you could end up saving money as well as your waistline!
On their own, proper dietary habits are insufficient to produce impressive weight loss. Your weight loss will be greatly enhanced when you combine healthy eating with exercise. You should do something that you like doing so you will be drawn to keep doing it and losing weight. Look for physical activities that are fun and engaging, so they will hold your interest in the long run. Sign up for classes at the local gym; it is a great way to meet new people.
If all you have in the house is junk food, it should be no surprise that you reach for it first when you are hungry. The healthier the foods you have available in your kitchen are, the more likely you are to choose them instead of sugar laden junk! Keep your kitchen filled with healthy foods, like fruits, vegetables, and low-fat proteins. In order to ensure you do not consume junk, do not buy it. Eliminating these junk foods from your pantry and replacing them with healthy choices will help you stop making unhealthy choices.
Share your plans with others. By having their support and inspiration, you are more likely to succeed in your goals. Get together with your supporters when you feel like quitting so you can get motivated again.