Every day the media bombards us with news most of the general population has failed to lose weight. In fact, we are told everyone is getting heavier. It is no wonder we become discouraged in our weight loss efforts so easily. The reality is permanent weight is possible and the following recommendations will help you do just that.
One behavior to avoid is procrastination. If you listen to friends or family members talk about losing weight, you will notice a certain pattern. Most of the time, weight loss is something they will accomplish in the future. Some might say they will start dieting next week, while others state their new year’s resolution will be to lose weight. It is human nature to put off whatever is uncomfortable to do, so next week turns into next month and so on.
It is important to have smaller goals, leading you to accomplish the larger ones. For instance, a goal to lose sixty pounds in a year is not so overwhelming when broken down to a monthly goal of only five pounds.
Remember to drink plenty of water. It will help you stay healthy by flushing out toxins and waste. One important way to help your weight loss efforts and increase your water intake is to drink a full glass of water before a meal. You will be so full from the water, eating less will be easier.
Eating six smaller meals throughout the day is better than eating three larger ones. This practice has been a staple of bodybuilders for a good reason. By eating smaller meals frequently, you are helping rev up your metabolism and not letting yourself become so hungry you’ll binge.
Be conscious of portion size. Disregarding portion control can turn a low calorie food into a high calorie meal by overeating a large portion of it. Watch out for this trap.
Sleep six to eight hours per night. In numerous studies, dieters who slept well were more successful than the ones who were having trouble getting sleep. One reason is when we have trouble sleeping, eating is a common thing to do. Eventually, engaging in additional eating at night ,due to trouble sleeping, will sabotage any diet.
Getting physical activity will help you lose weight faster. Maybe a gym membership does not appeal to you, but there are alternatives. One way to exercise is going to the park with friends or family. Another way is parking further at the mall so you have a long walk. If you pay someone to mow your lawn, start doing it yourself.
Having a good support system will help. Make sure you talk and spend most of your time with people who are positive and support your weight loss efforts. When you feel like quitting, they will get you through.
It is important to reward yourself for weight loss success. If you like shopping, get a new wardrobe when you achieve a goal. If traveling is your passion, plan for a nice trip when you lose the weight.
One reason dieters fail is depriving themselves of all the foods they like. Remember to have cheat days, as long as you cheat in moderation on not too often.
Moving forward, keep in mind losing weight is not an impossible task. There are people who lose weight and keep it off permanently. By following these recommendations, you will be on your way to becoming one of them.