Deciding to lose weight is easy…but staying motivated in your weight loss journey is a whole other story!
Unfortunately, losing weight doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and effort, but the most important thing that you can do is to always stay motivated and not give up. Easier said than done though, right?
Here are a few suggestions to help you lose weight, and keep it off!
- Set small and realistic goals. It’s not healthy to lose weight quickly – your goal should be to aim for losing 1-2 pounds per week.
- Always keep in mind your motivation to lose weight. Write it down, paste it to your mirror, and read it aloud whenever you see it.
- Start a food diary and log your progress. Seeing exactly what you are eating and drinking each day can help show you where changes need to me made.
- Avoid crash diets at all costs – they are not long term solutions – and go slow with making changes. Too many changes at once can be overwhelming!
- Buy a pedometer and get moving! Aim for 10,000 steps a day –activities like gardening or cleaning the house for 20 minutes a day could help you to lose ten pounds a year.
- Keep your weigh-ins consistent. Place your scale on a flat surface (not on carpet or uneven flooring) and wear as little as possible when weighing yourself.
- Weigh yourself once a week, on the same day each week. Schedule your weigh-in before breakfast and after you have emptied your bladder or colon.
- Think about your health rather than losing weight. You may be surprised as to what kind of motivation long term health can inspire.
- Reward yourself when you reach your goal. Go for a manicure, buy new clothes, or even indulge in a small cup of ice cream.
Posted by: Azar Liliabadi, owner of Eat Well With Azar, LLC
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