Don’t be despair and give up all hope if you have been unsuccessful at your weight loss attempts. Instead, give some credit to yourself for persevering through and know that some tweaks are required to turn your next weight loss plan into a success.
In reality, there are certain steps you can take to achieve that ideal weight. To get a complete understanding of weight loss, we need to find out the common mistakes that we usually commit and the little changes we can make in order to improve and succeed.
This article aims to provide you with smart ways of achieving that ideal weight with some key areas that will require your attention. These basic steps aim to give you the momentum to persevere with your weight loss plan.
Don’t Give Up
Probably the most useful thing that you can draw from your past weight loss plan failures is the experience — regardless of whether those attempts are successful. From these experiences, you will be able to draw valuable insights into how your body reacts and the plan best suited for it.
If you have undergone several weight loss plan failures, always keep in mind that there are many factors that account for it. It can be your hectic schedule and lifestyle, uncontrollable variables such as stress, side effects of medications to name a few.
In order to achieve that ideal weight in the shortest time possible, most of us would have attempted to eat less and exercise regularly. However, there are other factors including lifestyle, psychology, nutrition, and fitness that play vital roles in the success too.
1. Lifestyle Changes
As the saying goes “Change your life, and your body will follow”, a 180 degrees change of eating to lifestyle habits is may be what you need to be successful in weight loss. Prolonged working hours leave you with little time to enjoy the pleasures of life and that can affect your attempts to include exercising and getting sufficient rest too. A lack of rest and exercise can cause you to over-eat and hence, keeping you further away from shedding that unwanted weight. Therefore, start identifying any imbalance or difficulties present in your life and address these problems soon. With sufficient rest, a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits and better ways of dealing with stress (e.g. running, jogging, yoga), you are one step closer towards realizing your ideal weight.
It is important to know that your emotions and psychological behaviour are interrelated to your daily nutrition and fitness levels. Likewise, fundamental changes to one’s attitude and behaviour will go a long way in addressing weight loss efforts. Rather than developing negative feelings and emotions (such as dissatisfaction with their current body), you can cultivate a positive mindset by meditation or focusing on the good qualities you have. Take each step of the weight loss plan as one of the ways to enhance those qualities and to boost your confidence.
3. Proper Nutrition
A well-balanced diet full of whole foods, green vegetables with minimal amounts of processed foods and artificial sweeteners will lead to healthy weight loss. But this strategy alone is tough to maintain as most of the diets spun from this consists of restrictive diets, with some or rather most of them resulting in slowing down your metabolism rate. Instead, approach a healthy diet with a mindset that provides you with an abundance of health benefits and an enjoyable process. In short, take baby steps to make the swaps of carbs to vegetables instead of eliminating carbs from your diet immediately.
4. Fitness Levels
No healthy weight loss program is complete without an exercise plan. Regardless of whether the methods of burning fats are an indoor or outdoor activity, exercising ensures you in burning calories and toning up your body. So embrace exercise and pursue weight loss activities with the goal of challenging yourself in increasing your metabolism rate, energy levels and positive mood. Review and increase the workout activities of your fitness routine once your body gets stronger. As you progress, you will find yourself being motivated to keep up with outdoing each session. A word of caution: listen to your body and monitor your fitness levels while you are at it.
Stay Positive & Keep Going
It is important to have positive thoughts when it comes to weight loss and keeping to your plan. Celebrate every small win with a pat on your shoulder or a nice massage (avoid food rewards!), cause every bit counts. Keep encouraging yourself. Even if one fails, there are many other ways and plans that you can adopt to succeed. After all, Rome is not built in a day and it is important for you to keep trying and not to rush the process. And if it helps, find a buddy who is keen to lose weight too and encourage one another. Achieving goals are usually easier when you make them known and have someone who can hold you accountable to achieve them. Make it better with someone who would be going through the same highs and lows, understanding the struggles and celebrating the victory with and for one another. All the best!