Weight loss can be a challenge, and it doesn’t happen overnight. When you are faced with temptations that make you want to throw in the towel, use these tips to keep you on the right track.
1. Make Mini Goals
Your overall weight loss is not the only milestone in your journey. Create smaller goals along the way to keep you motivated. Not every goal has to center on the scale. You can decide to adjust your caloric intake, exercise routine or water consumption. Any mini goal that helps you reach your final goal is a small step to help you stay on the right path.
2. Reward Yourself
For each mini goal that you achieve, give yourself a reward. It should be something that is not food related. You may want to buy yourself some new clothes as you watch your body change. You might like a CD to listen to as you work out. Rewards will help to keep you motivated and make sure that you acknowledge the small achievements on your weight loss journey.
3. Give Yourself Time
Losing weight is a lifestyle change, and those don’t happen in 24 hours. If you give yourself unattainable goals, you will only get frustrated which will then tempt you to quit. Also keep in mind that the numbers on the scale are not the only measure of success. If you are working out, your body will gradually change, even if your weight has not.
When you tell someone that you are going to lose weight, you will probably work harder to achieve the goal. Keep them up to date on your smaller goals as well. You may even find that you inspire them to try to improve their health, as well. Find a friend to exercise with and exchange healthy recipes.
5. Make Small Changes
If you overwhelm yourself with too many changes in your diet and exercise routine, it will be harder to adjust. Give yourself a chance to become accustomed to each change before you set new goals for yourself. You will be more likely to permanently keep your new habits if you change them gradually instead of all at once.
6. Allow Yourself Indulgences
When you view certain foods as forbidden, you begin to obsess about not being able to have them. You’ll be more likely to focus on what you can’t eat rather than what you can. Allow yourself a small amount of foods that you crave. Savor, enjoy, and relish them, and then don’t go back for more. A small piece of chocolate will satisfy your chocolate craving if you take the time to enjoy it. If you devour it quickly, the moment will come and go and leave you wanting more.
7. Keep a Journal
A journal will allow you to look back to see how much you have accomplished. When you feel like your new lifestyle change isn’t progressing as you’d hoped, look at your weight and body measurements from when you first began. The comparison will help you to realize that you are making progress, although it may be slower than you had hoped. A slow journey is still a journey, and you should be proud of the success you’ve had.