Many people talk about losing weight, but few invest the time and effort necessary to be successful. While it is hard to take those first few steps on your weight loss journey, it gets easier and easier as you remain committed to your plan. The following tips will help you slim down and feel better about yourself.
Get started NOW
The longer you put off getting started, the less likely you are to be successful. Set aside all of your excuses, and make today the day you start your weight loss journey. Everyone is busy, and while you may think you will have more time tomorrow or next week to throw yourself into your plan wholeheartedly, the truth is that there will always be something standing in your way.
Turn big goals into small ones
If your overall weight loss goal is 30 pounds, break that up into several short-term goals that you can reach quickly. A 30 pound weight loss is a big deal, and it will take some time to achieve. You may find yourself getting discouraged as the weeks and months slide by, with no end in sight. To help yourself stay motivated, set a weight loss goal of one and half pounds a week. This is a manageable goal, one that you are likely to achieve, and it will allow you to reward yourself and celebrate your accomplishments on a regular basis.
Reward yourself, but not with food
While establishing a reward system is crucial to keeping your motivation up, don’t slip into the trap of rewarding yourself with food. This will only be counterproductive to your overall goals. Instead, make your rewards something that you enjoy and look forward to but that are also good for you. For example, take in a movie or make a visit to the nail salon. Get a massage or just spend a few minutes reading while your partner takes care of the kids. Think about what you enjoy, and set up your rewards based on that.
Use a smaller plate at dinner
Be conscious of portion control. Particularly in the United States, restaurants serve such large meals that people begin to have a distorted sense of what “one serving” really is. To help yourself control how much you eat, opt for a smaller plate, rather than a full-size one, at dinner. You will not be able to fit as much on the smaller plate, which will help you with your portion sizes. Also, read labels and make sure you know what constitutes a serving. After a while, you will start to realize how much is too much food.
You CAN lose weight and keep it off. Follow the guide above to help you find success, and above all else, maintain a positive mindset as you go through your journey. Slimming down is not the cakewalk that some people would have you believe, but the effort you put in will be worth it when you finally reach your goal weight.