A common problem with weight loss for many people is staying with the program. In the beginning, we are optimistic about realizing our goals, and achieving them seems easy. At some point, though, your energy drops, and you are not motivated to continue. This drop-off is not a sure thing for everyone, though. There are some people who are successful at achieving their goals and maintaining their weight loss permanently. How do people maintain their goal weight for so long?
Identifying your goals, whether it pertains to a certain amount of weight lost or physical aesthetics, is the first step to losing weight. Think about whether you want to lose a few pounds, or whether you want to drop an entire clothing size. Figure out exactly why you want to shed the pounds. Is it because you want more energy, or because you have a specific goal in mind, like dropping a few dress sizes?
Keep track of your weight loss weekly. Use a journal to keep track of your weight weekly. Use the same place to maintain a food journal. Be sure to write down the foods you have each day, so you can keep track of your daily intake. You won’t want it as much once you have written it down and you see it in black and white.
The wrong time to decide what you are going to eat is when you have not eaten for a while and you are hungry. Do not let this happen to you. Plan your foods, pack them and have them at your side at all times. Pack a healthy lunch and brown-bag it instead of eating out to both save money and enjoy a more nutritious meal.
The two main parts of weight loss are eating healthy foods and getting enough exercise. Some people find that sticking to an effective workout program is a lot harder than sticking to a healthy diet. Working out with a friend and finding routines that are fun can make working out easier. For the best chance of success, choose an appealing exercise activity that you can engage in with a friend. This can include anything from jogging to yoga.
Very few people follow through, even though they know about it. Have a cleaning party – invite your friends over to help you get rid of the junk food in your fridge and pantry by taking it home with them. If they are out of sight, they are out of mind. Fill your fridge with fresh produce and yogurt instead. If you do not have access to junk foods, you will make better choices.
Get some moral support from your friends. Although it is you that has to lose the weight, supportive people can provide you with the push you need. Losing weight can be a grueling process which is why it is important for you to have friends or family to rely on when you are close to reaching your breaking point. People can help you get through your whole weight loss program.