Struggling up a ladder on a wall only to reach the top and realize the ladder is leaning on the wrong wall can be so frustrating. This is what happens to many of us who have dieting and weight loss aspirations but never seem to make steps in the right direction! The problem is compounded by the existence of countless weight loss strategies, most of which are based on myths rather than practicality. You do not have to dive into a spin trying to figure out sense from a lot of the garbage that floats on the internet.
Choosing the right dieting and weight loss plan that works for you has never been easy, and that is why you are always coming up short and landing with a thud back at square one. You want to look good, and what the heck, you also want to lead a long, quality life! The only thing is you haven’t hit on the right track yet. Here is what you can do.
- It all starts with the right frame of mind without which you cannot do anything. Equip yourself psychologically to win the war then you can write down your goals. Internalize your goals before you set on a hunt for the right plan that can work for you.
- The choices of food can be overwhelming. Find out what you will have to eat in a program before settling down for one. Ensure you can afford the type of food recommended and that they will be palate friendly. Forcing yourself to eat what you do not like is a ticket to quitting.
- Why reach out for the stars if you haven’t managed to climb a mole hill! Set realistic and attainable goals, for instance, if you are over 40 years and weigh close to 200 pounds it would be unrealistic to set out to clock 100 pounds. If anything, you haven’t been anywhere close to that since you were in your teens.
- Your weight loss plan should incorporate the following elements: a well balanced healthy eating, a fitness plan, and a resilient resolution.
- Do not restrict yourself to the same type of food. Go for variety so that you do not feel bored with what you have to eat. Ensure you have a variety of foods to eat during the entire program.
- If you undertake a program for wrong reasons (perhaps this is why you have always slumped back to zero) you are likely to run out of psychological steam to carry on. Decide on practical objective, for instance, it is well to lose weight to improve your health and quality of life than to do so for vanity reasons.
- If you focus on loosing pounds, you will soon be on your way out. Instead of setting your sights on how many pounds you want to shed off weekly, think in terms of how much exercise you want to put in daily. This will be motivational since the action you undertake during the week will be under your control. Losing a given number of pounds per week is not within your control.
- Take one step at a time or a day at a time. Thinking far into the future will discourage you. This is where “tomorrow will take care of itself” might fit appropriately.
- You will set up yourself for failure if you adopt an”all or nothing” attitude. If you fall short of a weekly goal, don’t crucify yourself. Be self confident and plow on.
Lastly but not finally, try a mix and match of all the above. Remember it is your health. Define your goals first before settling on any plan. Be adventurous and experiment to find what works for you. Nothing is cast in iron here.