Don’t give up on healthy dieting if you don’t see results right away. Even if you don’t look or feel slimmer, a proper diet and exercise will help you to lose those extra pounds.
Here are some tips on how to stick to your weight loss goals.
If you start eating healthy and exercising with a friend, you won’t feel so lonely through your workouts. It’s great to have a friend to diet with. Together you can keep each other’s spirits up and stick to your weight loss goals.
Set realistic weight loss goals for yourself, and give yourself non-food rewards when you reach your goals. You could set up milestones for each week or month. Motivate yourself to eat healthy and exercise with fun rewards. Your reward could be to treat yourself with massage or something else that won’t impact your diet plan. Perhaps a new outfit would motivate you to stick to your weight loss goals.
Take a photo before you begin your weight loss program, and keep it on your dresser, where you can see it and refer to it. Once you lose enough weight that you actually can see the loss, take another picture and put it beside the first. Keep doing this as you reach future milestones.
Avoid short term diets, like grapefruit juice diet or other fad diets to lose weight. This weight loss is only temporary. Whenever you go back to your old eating habits, you’ll regain the weight. The extra calories won’t be far behind. Also, avoid stimulant diet pills, which can make you jumpy and irritable, and can interact with prescriptions you may take.
You don’t need fad diets or stimulant pills to lose weight. Even if they help, the weight loss will only be temporary and you will soon gain weight again when you return to your old eating habits. Instead, you need to set up a healthy eating program that you will continue to follow, even when you’ve reached your weight loss goals.
It’s very easy to make up excuses for not going to the gym, when you should be working out. Your excuse may be that it’s too expensive to go to the gym, or it’s too far away so you don’t got any time to exercise. But if you have your exercise equipments at home or outdoors where it’s free, you really don’t have any excuses.
You can do your weight loss exercises with inexpensive equipment at home, rather than gym memberships. A small weight set will help for strengthening exercises, while walking, biking or swimming will serve as excellent cardio exercise. Go out for a walk everyday for 30 minutes. Do some push-ups and sit-ups. It’s free and you definitely can make the time. You will have more energy afterwards and become more efficient doing the other stuff that also need to be done.
A healthy diet with lots of water, and some exercise everyday, is the right way to lose weight and keep it. Make sure that you’re burning more calories than you’re eating. That’s a pretty basic concept. You don’t have to give up all meat, or become a vegan. You can eat sensible foods, in small amounts, and lose weight. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits and drink lots of water. Stick to your cardio workouts and occasional strength training sessions, to lose weight. Become the healthy person who has been inside your body all along.
Remember that you didn’t put on the extra weight overnight, and it will take some time to lose it. Give yourself time and keep up your spirit. You have already won – you made the change. Continue as a winner!