Whether you are trying to lose 10 pounds or 100 it can seem like an impossible task. When things get difficult it is easy to lose focus and simply stop trying, thinking you have failed – again!
We’ve all heard that the best way to set goals is to write them down. As simple as this step seems, sometimes we overlook it.
If you have been looking at a blank piece of paper trying to figure out where to even start on your weight loss journey, I have some help for you. Listed below are 10 easy “first steps” that anyone can do. Start with #1 and work your way to #10.
Each step you complete will be a step closer to your goal of achieving your ideal weight. There’s nothing stopping you now so get going and enjoy the journey to a better, healthier you.
1. Set realistic goals.
Anyone who has ever set an unrealistic weight loss goal will tell you that not meeting your own expectations is the fastest way to fail at weight loss. You should plan to lose no more than 1-2 pounds per week. In general, people who set realistic goals will exceed them during at least the first few weeks. Exceeding your weight loss goals will give you something to get excited about, and keep the weight loss process positive.
2. Get support.
When you make the decision to lose weight, enlist the help and support of your friends and family members.
Having people around you who will encourage you through the process is a great way to start.
3. Learn to keep things in moderation.
When your goal is to lose weight, remember the old saying…all things in moderation. By following this mantra with eating and working out, you will lose weight at a reasonable pace and feel good while doing it!
4. Join a program.
Weight loss groups are known for more than just their diet plans. They help people form a community with other people who have the same goals. This extended support network is great for making weight loss more exciting – having someone you can share your excitement with. It’s also a great way to talk about some of the issues you may have with your weight loss program. Support is crucial when you are trying to make major lifestyle changes.
5. Buy yourself a portable music player.
Music is one of your biggest allies when trying to lose weight.
Listening to music will make exercise time fly by and it can definitely improve your mood.
6. Get a buddy.
Having a close friend or family member agree to lose weight with you is an excellent way to get the support you need. It gives you someone you can learn tips, exchange recipes, and try new exercises with. Losing weight with a friend is also beneficial for people who need an understanding friend to talk to.
7. Choose your information sources wisely.
If a friend or co-worker gives diet advice on fast food burgers and shakes – you have to decide if their advice is the right way to go. Instead, look for reliable sources of information such as your family doctor, nutritionist, gym trainer, or even a reputable website. Finding someone who can answer questions when they are present can take the burden off your mind and make you feel better about making informed decisions about losing weight.
8. Dress for weight loss success:
In order to start thinking thinly, pay attention to what you’re wearing. People who are overweight tend to wear “bigger” clothes than they actually are with baggy or bulky clothes.
As you begin to lose weight, consider some updates to your wardrobe that will bring out your best features and help you remember that losing weight will make you more attractive in your eyes.
9. Remember, there are no guarantees with any weight loss plan.
Keep in mind that there are no guarantees with any weight loss plan. While some people may see temporary benefits from fad dieting or other quick fixes, the overall best way to approach weight loss is to modify your lifestyle and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
10. Stay off the scale.
For best results, don’t weigh yourself more than once a week at most. Since a healthy goal consists of a plan to lose no more than 1-2 pounds per week, you may not see significant results until several weeks later.
Save yourself the disappointment of seeing so little change and plan to value yourself as irregularly as possible.