If weight loss were easy, everyone would be at an ideal weight. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality. But that doesn’t mean you can’t set yourself up for success with a few simple changes. But these changes aren’t what you think — they’re changes you make in your outlook, attitude, and mental viewpoint before you start your next weight-loss plan. And they may be the key to losing those stubborn extra pounds.
- Ditch the word “diet.” This word has such negative associations for many people. If this word makes you think of having celery sticks for lunch and never eating your favorite foods again, take “diet” out of your vocabulary now. It won’t be a motivator when the going gets tough.
- Think about what you can eat, not what’s off limits. Try exploring new foods when eating out or at the store. This can help you discover new variety and cut down on food boredom.
- Exercise to feel good, not to lose weight. Exercising burns calories, but it has so many other benefits too. You may start a walking program and not notice much difference on the scale right away. But chances are, you will notice increased energy, better sleep, and even a better mood (which helps with your ultimate weight-loss goal too). Take note of how great you feel and think about your heart and body getting healthier with each workout you complete.
- Set yourself up for success. Instead of lofty goals that involve strict eating plans or killer exercise routines, set positive goals that can work with your life. Unrealistic goals will be frustrating and make it that much easier to throw in the towel. Replace your soda with seltzer water one to two times each day. Aim to walk four or five days a week, just 10 minutes at a time. If you have a setback, don’t look at it as a failure. See it as an opportunity to do better tomorrow.
- Keep temptations away. If you don’t have to look at a plate of fries or a brownie, it’s a lot easier to avoid it. Don’t buy the foods that contribute to overeating and extra calories, but look for flavorful alternatives. Try light popcorn instead of chips, or a fruit and veggie smoothie instead of ice cream. Choose restaurants that have a fresh, desirable salad bar or other choices that aren’t fried so you can pick an alternative that’s enjoyable.
Whatever weight-loss plan you choose, make it work for you. If you find that it’s too difficult, try a different approach. Set up more attainable goals, and once you’ve mastered those, raise the bar a little. You’ll see more benefits from small successes than large goals that aren’t realistic.
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