When you go on a diet you know it’s not going to be easy. You also know that you should avoid fad diets because they rarely lead to sustainable weight loss. If you’re going to put the effort in, you want lasting results - right? Instead of a crash diet, if you aim for steady, consistent weight loss you’ll not only find dieting easier, but it will help you develop habits that will help you keep the lost weight off.
1. Pace Yourself
Sustainable weight loss begins with small steps. Do not try to drastically change your whole lifestyle in a single day because that is the classic recipe for disaster. Allow your body to gradually accept and incorporate the healthy changes that you are making, perhaps changing one or two things a week until you have accomplished your goals.
2. Think Positive
Don’t think of your new daily diet as an exercise in deprivation. Think of it as the key to a longer and healthier life in the future. You are setting yourself up for failure if you attach such a negative atmosphere to your new life changes. The trick is to treat the entire process as a positive change and celebrate your sustained weight loss, not mourn the junk foods that you have given up.
3. Find Your Motivation
Many people see much better results and sustained weight loss once they have found and focused on their personal motivation. It may be something trivial like wanting to fit in to that old pair of jeans, or something more important like wanting to reduce the chance of future health problems, but whatever it is, once you have found it, the new lifestyle becomes much easier to maintain.
4. Discover Your Healthy Food Heaven
Keeping a healthy diet isn’t necessarily about eating only fruit and vegetables for the rest of your life. There are plenty of low calorie, nutritious and delicious healthy foods that are out there waiting to be discovered by you. Once you have found what you really enjoy eating, your new regime becomes less of a ‘diet’ and more of a tasty switch.
5. Find Exercise That You Enjoy
There are so many more options for exercise than just jogging in the park or on a treadmill at the gym. The trick is to find an active activity that you really enjoy, and this will turn it from a chore in to something that you actually look forward to. It could be a sport, cycling, swimming, even weight lifting!
6. Continue to Set New Goals
Weight loss and the subsequent task of keeping it off is all about celebrating mini milestones and then resetting your goals. Once you have dropped the initial weight, continue to set new goals like losing 2lbs per week or aiming for a certain dress size. There is always something to work towards.
7. Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
At the end of the day, we are all human, and humans tend to make mistakes every now and then. If you happen to have a bad week and are not so strict with your diet plan, then think about the big picture instead and get back on the wagon the very next day. There is nothing you do in a week that cannot be rectified by a couple more weeks of healthier eating and exercise. Don’t be too hard on yourself, there is always tomorrow!
Sustainable weight loss is as much about attitude, acceptance and reasonable, achievable goals as it is about eating better and exercising. What’s your key secret to dieting?