Tips To Start Your Weight Loss Journey
The road to a successful weight loss is bumpy and long. If you want to maintain your weight loss or keep your weight in check, it is imperative for you to be consistent with your efforts. Losing weight takes time, commitment, learning, and making changes in your daily routine. You will have to form new habits and break your bad habits. There are simply no shortcuts to losing weight.
If you truly want to lose weight and become healthy, you should remember that the best time to workout is the time when you don´t really want to workout.
So, what are some of the things you can do to increase your chances of losing weight? How do you start your weight loss journey? Well, let us guide you to your weight loss journey;
- The importance of loving yourself
You have to love yourself and be good to yourself at all times when attempting to lose weight. You shouldn´t be harsh on yourself when you fail to stick to your exercise routine, eat on time, over-indulge, or lose the weight you wanted to lose in a week. Not everyone loses weight in the same way or in the same duration. It is essential to not get frustrated by slow weight loss. You have to be patient and forgiving because the road to a healthier lifestyle and healthy weight loss isn´t as smooth as glass and you will face many obstacles along the way.
- How to motivate yourself
We would recommend you to come up with some sort of daily saying/affirmation. You should write it down and recite it when you go off track. You also shouldn´t shy away from giving yourself credit for the things you succeed at. Even if it is small things like giving yourself credit for eating half a bag of chips. Give yourself credit. It is also imperative for you to find a balance in what you do. It is next to impossible for you to lose the same amount of weight every week. In fact, you might not even lose weight during some weeks. However, that shouldn´t keep you down; you need to believe in your plan and strive for progress, not perfection. If you don´t lose weight this week, try doing a little more the next week.
- Keep a food journal
A food journal gives you a detailed yet overarching view of your habits, enabling you to identify areas that need some fixing. In a nutshell, a food journal helps you learn about your eating habits and what you do on a daily basis. Through a food journal, you will be able to know how much you eat, how you feel after eating certain foods, how your dining companions affect your consumption, and how fast you chow down etc. Accountability is essential, and keeping a written record goes a long way towards achieving your goals.
- Be self-aware
If you want to have a successful weight loss journey, it is imperative for you to be self-aware. You need to be well aware of your strengths, weaknesses, and your limitations and make peace with them. You have to be honest with yourself and identify what food options work for you and what don´t. You will not be able to achieve your weight loss goals if you are not aware of the diet that works best for your body. Your weight loss schedule can easily be expedited if you follow a diet plan that is specifically catered to your needs, goals and requirements. You should be aware of the fact that not all diets work the same and are suitable for all.
- Utilize a weight loss chart
If you use a weight loss chart to keep track of your progress, you will be able to meet your targets and execute your plans. Having a weight loss chart will motivate you to stick to your diet goals. In order to create a weight loss chart, you will need to provide information of your exercise routines, supplements consumed, diet plans, and measurements of your body including current weight, height, waist size etc., on a piece of paper. You can even write the information on a spreadsheet if it is more convenient for you. Then, as you gradually start progressing and meeting your targets, you can tweak your exercise routines and diet plans for better results.
- Create a diet plan that works for you
We believe that it is imperative for you to create a diet plan that works for you. After all, what good is a diet plan if you can´t follow it? You will have to create a diet plan that doesn´t make you feel as if you are on a diet. If you feel trapped and bounded by a diet plan, you will start experiencing heightened cravings and become obsessed with food that you shouldn´t consume. It is in your best interest to come up with a diet plan after consulting with a registered dietician.
- Have your own support group
We can´t stress enough on the importance of having a support group that provides support and encouragement, especially when the times are hard. You can feel rather lonely in the beginning your weight loss journey; after all, you will have to change your diet and the way you eat etc. However, a support group of people who´ve gone through the same experiences that you are going through will be able to provide you guidance and keep you on track.
- Be patient with your progress
There´s simply no such thing as a quick-fix when it comes to weight loss. You will have to embark on your weight loss journey one step at a time. It is ill-advised for you to attempt to change everything all at once. We would advise you to set small goals at a time; doing so will prevent you from getting overwhelmed by the bigger picture.