When you have decided to lose weight, you are changing your eating habits, you begin to work out, you change — or at least try to change — your mindset. But, do you know what is the most difficult part?
The most difficult part is to stay on track. The beginning and the decision is always the easiest part, but after a few days you start longing back to the old bad habits. Here are a few tips to help you to stick to your decision to lose weight:
1. Remind yourself daily about the reasons why you want to lose weight.
Write down all the good things about losing weight. Review those on a daily basis or always, when you start hesitating, are craving something or just want to cheat.
2. Use affirmations
Write down positive phrases on sticky notes and keep them around you. Repeat the phrases to yourself whenever you have chance and when you need inspiration.
3. Use visualization
Visualize yourself being slim. Imagine how you feel… Imagine what your friends will say… Use the power of your imagination to stay on track.
4. Form a success habit
First, ask yourself what habits it will take to lose weight. Exercising on a daily basis? Cooking healthy food?
It is the fact that in 30 days you can turn almost anything into a habit! ALL of our habits are formed the same way. By doing something over and over again until it becomes a second nature. So all you have to do to form a new habit is to repeat the same action over and over again every day during 30 days. After 30 days it will become a habit.
But here is a catch: you can’t afford to skip a single day. If you do you’ll have to start over again. During first 30 days, if you miss even a single day of practice reset your 30-day clock to day one and start from the beginning.
5. Find more time for cooking and exercising
If you think you don’t have time for losing weight, think again. Do you have time for watching TV? Reading newspapers or magazines? Chatting with friends? Well, if “yes” than you definitely have time for weight loss.
You don’t have to eliminate all your activities; you can just cut back on them. Just trim by 10% the amount of time you spend on each of your daily activities. And invest the extra time in loosing weight.
6. Fight the temptation
It is really very easy. All you have to do is prioritize. For example, if you see a pack of delicious cookies in the store and suddenly start craving one, ask yourself: “What do I want more: to eat this cookie or to have a beautiful slim body?” Listen to yourself. Is this cookie really so important to you?
If you’re still craving it use the 10-minute rule. Take your mind off food for the next 10 minutes. If you’re in a grocery store go to the magazine section and pick a fitness magazine instead. Most of the time your craving will stop.
If not, you can take one serving and give the rest of the cookies to your neighbor. Or put them somewhere where it would be a problem for you to get them. As a last resort: toss them in the garbage bin and pour some soap on top! That guarantees that you won’t eat them.
7. Get out!
If you cannot resist the temptation, go jogging or ask a friend to join a brisk walk. Do gardening, go hiking, go watching baseball (with no snacking!). The possibilities are endless. Outdoors you easily forget your cravings, get fresh air and get fit! All very important what comes to weight loss.