What does it take to be successful in losing weight and looking great? Here are the top 5 proven strategies to help you along the way to losing weight and getting a great body. Not only will you shed the pounds but you will FEEL great as well.
1. Set Your Intention
What exactly do you want? Say you weigh 160 lbs and you know your ideal weight is 140 lbs. You know you need to lose 20 lbs of body fat and you want to look toned. Being specific gives you clarity and now you know what success looks like. That means more motivation and more success to achieving your weight loss goals.
2. Be Realistic
Knowing that losing weight can present challenges helps. To be successful you need to put in more effort. In fact people who have successfully lost weight have done so. They have planned in advance how to deal with problems. For example that can be knowing what to order at a restaurant or knowing what questions to ask at a restaurant to find the healthier option. They have also persisted when times got difficult. It is ok to fall back but you got to get back up again.
3. Strengthen Your Willpower
Willpower is like a muscle. it takes time to strengthen it. To strengthen it pick any activity that requires you to override an impulse like sitting up straight when your impulse is to slouch and add that to your daily routine. Take baby steps. Substitute that bad of chips for fruit instead of going totally junk food free. Hang in there, you can do it.
4. Stop Proscrastinating
You may know a six-pack [of beer] a day is bad for you, but will this make you stop? In a sense, procrastinators are optimists; they think they can escape by putting things off. Change is a process not an event. Weight loss involves changing habits and taking on new ones one step at a time.
Break up a task into segments. Do one a day. If for example it’s grocery shopping for healthier foods and meals, plan your meals out first on one day. Then make your grocery list the next day. Pick a day to go to the store another day. And so on. You can even set a timer for yourself to reserve short periods of, like 5-15 minutes, to each broken down task.
5. Get Support
Involve others, invoke a buddy system of people who will support you in your weight loss goals. This is one of the most important strategies. Getting support will significantly increase your chances of losing weight.