Feeling Great While Losing Weight [Proven!]
It’s difficult to stay focused on the reasons you’re working to lose weight. The first few steps of your journey may have been easy, but you soon find yourself on rockier terrain. How can you internalize the motivation needed to push on that you see in others? How do people manage to succeed and maintain their success in weight loss efforts?
When you want to lose weight, the first step is always to decide what your specific goals are. Do you have an idea of how much weight you would like to lose? Is there a certain clothing size you want to wear, or do you want your current wardrobe to fit you comfortably once again? Do you want to be more shapely, or do you want to have more energy?
It’s important to keep track of your progress every week. Keep a regular journal that has records of your weight, preferably measured by the week. Keep a food log in the journal of everything you consume each day. Knowing all the details are right there in black and white serves to keep you on track.
Being hungry can lead to poor food choices. Try to make decisions about what to eat and when to eat before you are feeling those intense hunger pangs. Be sure you do not wait until you are really starving before you eat. Be sure to plan your meals carefully and have snacks available. Instead of dining out, pack your own lunch. Doing this can help you save both money and calories! Being very hungry usually results in making poor food choices. The worst thing you can do is to wait until you are starving before deciding what to eat. Always purchase healthy snacks, and if it is a veggie that needs to be prepared, prepare it ahead of time. Plan your meals so they are healthy and have limited calories. Instead of eating at a restaurant, bring your lunch from home. Making this change will save you money and help you lose weight.
The secret to successful, lasting weight loss is a combination of nutritious eating habits coupled with a good exercise program. You must exercise a minimum of three days each week, but more is even better! If this has been where you have failed in the past, plan instead to incorporate exercise into things you already enjoy. Ask your friends to schedule a weekly walk or two with you. Short hikes on a nature trail or even just a walk through the neighborhood park can satisfy your thirst for the great outdoors and get you some exercise! Try going to a dance class to learn new ways to work out.
Eliminate junk food from anywhere that you spend time, such as your home or office. It may seem drastic, but if it isn’t available, then you can’t eat it. After removing the junk food, stock those areas with healthy food choices that will be readily available to you. Store a bunch of healthy snacks around, such as trail mix, nuts, fruits and vegetables, for those times when you must eat something quickly.
Friends can support you in a variety of ways. They can’t lose the weight for you, but they can help you stay motivated. Being responsible for regularly reporting your progress to someone can prevent you from giving up. Look to your friends or family for moral support when you feel down. They will help give you the support to allow you to go on.