Happy New Year! Are you determined to meet your weight loss goals this year? If you are, give yourself a pat on the back for making your health a top concern. The hard part is actually sticking to the plan and making the real changes. Here are a few tricks to keep you on track with your weight loss resolution.
If you are aloof about the about the date you are going to meet your weight loss goal, it will not work. In fact you will probably fall into the trap of “I will start tomorrow”, “I will start Monday”, or “I will start next week”. Instead, mark your calendar with a definitive date for each goal you would like to achieve. This will guide you in the right direction of sticking to the plan.
WRITE DOWN YOUR REALISTIC GOALS
Journals, food diaries, and to do lists are extremely important to your weight loss plan. Jot down your realistic goals onto one piece of paper and make into a personal contract. Put the contract somewhere that is visible to remind you each day of its importance and the promise you have made to yourself. The refrigerator is a great place to put this contract because it is a main area that could be a temptation to break your resolution. Read your contract daily and remind yourself of your long-term goal.
Remove all your bad food from the household. This includes all the sugary and processed snack food. This is a very crucial step in your weight loss journey. If these cheat foods linger in your home you are 10 times more likely to give into the temptation. Fill your kitchen with lean proteins, veggies, fruit, non-fat cottage cheese, sugar-free Jell-O, protein bars and bottled water.
Make small changes each week and they will add up over time. Here are some examples of mini goals:
- Week 1 – Drink 10 glasses of water per day
- Week 2 – Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Week 3 – Switch to diet soda
- Week 4 – Eliminate fried foods
- Week 5 – Eat one vegetarian meal per week
Pictures do not lie. Purchase an inexpensive camera and take pictures of yourself every week in swim wear or workout gear. Snap 3 pics each week including a profile shot, frontal shot, and rear shot. This will be visually stimulating as well as useful in your journey. You can see what exercises and dietary options are working and what is not. Remember, sometimes the scale can be deceiving. The scale may say that you have gained 2lbs but if you have been working out this could be lean muscle that the scale is reading, not weight gain or body fat. Your photos will be a reference of your physical appearance from week to week and take the guesswork out of losing weight, which is crucial for any permanent weight loss plan.
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