There are few things as gratifying as reaching a weight loss goal…and few things more frustrating than trying to lose weight! Make sure that you have credible information when it comes to weight loss, as there are numerous myths and misconceptions about the best ways to lose weight and keep it off.
Many of us set impossible goals, such as reaching the weight we were twenty years ago in just a month or two. When we fail to reach these impossible goals, we become discouraged and give up our efforts. Do not fall into this trap! Setting goals is imperative, as they give you benchmarks by which to measure your progress, but make sure that your goals are ones that you will be able to realistically reach with hard work. You probably have a larger weight loss goal, but break that goal up into all the smaller steps that you’ll need to take to reach it. Rather than weighing yourself every day, have a weekly weigh in, and record your progress.
Your body needs a certain amount of fats, carbohydrates, and sugars to survive. But chances are pretty good that you are consuming these in far greater quantities than you need! Many of us really don’t have an accurate idea of what our typical diet is truly like. Before you can even begin to figure out how to change your diet to best suit your weight loss goals, you need to have a clear idea of what your typical diet is. Keep a food journal – in other words, write down every single thing that you eat every day, no matter how small. In addition to giving you a clearer picture of what you typically eat, you may find yourself eating less and making smarter food choices as a result of keeping a food journal. The simple act of recording all our meals and snacks often makes us more aware of what we’re eating, and makes us less likely to engage in mindless eating and snacking.
You would likely be amazed at all the sugar that you consume without even realizing it in the form of sodas and fruit juices. Many people have lost several pounds simply by replacing these types of beverages with water. Your bank account will thank you, as well, as soda and fruit juice can be expensive over time!
Everyone, at some time or another, will become discouraged with their weight loss efforts. This is natural, so don’t let your discouragement cause you to stop in your efforts. Remind yourself of how far you have come. In general, lasting weight loss is best achieved if you are patient and persistant, and although the quick results that fad diets typically offer can feel good, their results rarely last more than a few months. Stick with it, and you will soon see results! Remember, you are in this for the long haul.
Losing weight can be challenging! The more you know about successful practices and habits of those who have lost weight, the more likely you will be to meet your own goals. With patience, dedication, and hard work, you will soon be well on your way!