The best strategy to lose 50 pounds is to create your own plan for success. This is not as daunting as it seems. Creating a strategy of your own allows for flexibility if an aspect of the plan isn’t yielding the results you want. Follow these simple guidelines and you will find yourself on the road to reaching your weight loss goals.
Slow and Steady
Instead of thinking “diet,” think “lifestyle.” Diets are short-term, which is why they often fail. Losing 50 pounds will not happen overnight, just as the pounds did not accumulate overnight. You will need to plan a long-term strategy to not only shed the pounds, but to keep them off. Research shows that dieters who lose weight too quickly only end up putting that weight back on–often ending up weighing more than they did before they started the diet. It is also unhealthy to lose weight too quickly. Be patient and keep working. You will see the results if you stick to it.
It sounds simple enough, but it’s one of the best weight loss methods available. Eating the right foods will keep you satisfied longer and help your body function at its best fat-burning potential. Fill up on fruits and vegetables, and try to eat a serving of protein at every meal.
The tricky part is when those pesky cravings appear. When that happens, find something to satisfy them that won’t sabotage your success. Smart substitutions, such as light popcorn instead of chips, or fruit instead of ice cream, can assuage the cravings without slowing your success. The more deprived you feel, the harder it will be for you to stick to your plan.
Exercise will be necessary to help you burn extra calories and fat, and it will tone up your muscles so that you will look fantastic once the pounds start coming off. It is very important to find activities that you enjoy. If you hate running, you aren’t going to be motivated to do it. Try a new class at the gym, take a walk through a different neighborhood, or buy a new exercise DVD. Change your routine frequently to challenge different muscles and stave off boredom. Even when you don’t feel like getting up and moving, do it anyway. Exercise releases endorphins which will relieve stress and make you feel happier. Be careful not to overdo it, though, as training too hard can damage your body which will then slow your progress.
Celebrate the small accomplishments.
The “50 pounds lost” mark is not the only milestone on your journey. If you only look ahead to how much farther you have to go, you will fail to see how far you’ve come. Maybe you completed your walking trail a minute sooner, or you feel comfortable in a shirt that you used to keep in the back of the closet. Every pound lost, every inch that disappears is a crucial part of your journey. Enjoy those successes, because they will catapult you closer to your final goals.