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At times, it is hard to stay motivated. When you first start losing weight, there is usually a little flurry of weight loss that is very encouraging. Then you tend to hit a plateau, and this can cause you to feel discouraged and lose interest in your project. What can you do to make yourself as motivated as others you see around you? What are the secrets to other people’s success?
The first step in weight loss is to set out clear aims. Exactly how much do you intend to lose? Are you losing weight so that you can buy the new clothing styles in trimmer sizes, or do you really want to feel better in your own clothing that has become too tight and restrictive? Do you want to be more shapely, or do you want to have more energy?
Keeping weekly records of your weight-loss progress is a useful tool that keeps you aware. Analyzing the results of your plan helps you make the necessary changes to succeed, so write down what you drink and eat – even snacks and soda pop. Keeping a food diary will inspire you to eat a healthier diet.
Usually, poor food decisions are due to extreme hunger. You need to make sure that you are snacking on healthy foods during the day, so that you do not reach that starvation level. Create your menus in advance, and never be without healthy snack foods. Bring a healthy meal from home instead of going out for lunch. It will help you watch your caloric intake and save you some money in the process! You’re much more likely to break your diet if you’ve gone a long time without eating. Don’t wait until you’re starving to sit down to a meal. Plan your meals ahead of time and have healthy snacks available at all times. Instead of eating out, take your lunch with you. This will help you closely monitor your calorie intake and save you money as well.
A successful weight loss plan incorporates physical exercise and a nutritious diet. Find a workout that you like to do, and complete it regularly. If you don’t like the idea of exercise for the sake of it, then integrate workouts into activities you actually like to do. Invite your friends out for a walk in the park as opposed to eating out with them. If you enjoy dance, why not enroll in one of the many dance classes available? Try searching for new trails to hike on if you like hiking.
You must take a stand and ban junk food from your house and office! If it is not there, you can not be tempted to eat it. Stock your home or office fridge with many different healthy items. It is good to keep healthy foods like fresh fruit, bite-size vegetables, and a package of your favorite seeds or nuts on hand for when you need to snack.
Your weight loss is up to you. However, asking your friends and family to be there for you if you need support will make your journey less stressful and more enjoyable. Sometimes, you won’t feel like working out or will want someone to give you support. Do not give in to the allure of the snack cake. Call on your friends for some motivation and inspiration when you are feeling insecure and need some help staying on track.