Losing weight is difficult, especially if you have more than 10 pounds to lose. One of the hardest things about losing weight – and keeping it off – is that we of course must eat in order to live. If you give up tobacco or alcohol, you can go the rest of your life avoiding the items. But you are confronted with food temptations constantly, and have to make a conscious choice to eat right at every meal.
Then there are a plethora of diet choices – and fads – out there. Each year brings the latest diet craze, and while people may lose a little weight on them, most are unsustainable.
So what can you do to follow a weight loss plan that will work for you, and help you lose the weight – and keep it off? First of all, before you attempt any diet, consult your doctor first. After getting the okay to do so, then pay attention to these tips to help you lose weight – and keep it off:
Get rid of tempting foods in your home
Willpower is important for weight loss, but willpower can only get you so far. And you cannot expect to stay strong around your food weaknesses 24/7 if you have them at your home. If you love potato chips or chocolate, fattening foods that you cannot resist, don’t keep them around your house, because you will eat them in a weak moment.
Instead, create what Dr. Phil McGraw calls a “no-fail environment” – have only healthy, good-for-you foods in your home. Keeping things like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains around, as opposed to processed food or junk food will make a big difference in keeping your diet.
Keep a food diary
You should try to keep track of everything you eat so that you know exactly how many calories you are taking in each day, as well as the food items’ nutritional content. This will help keep you honest when it comes to your diet. In addition, by writing everything down, you can also learn what triggers overeating for you.
It is important that you exercise for at least 90 to 150 minutes a week to get your weight loss going. There are several important benefits to exercise when it comes to your diet. It will work off calories, increase your metabolism, and build up muscle. Getting in a regular exercise routine can also work off stress, build self-confidence, and help you stay more motivated on your diet.
Get help from others
Many people have found weight loss success by working with others. Some diet along with friends, and others join groups like Overeaters Anonymous or Weight Watchers. Another idea is to work with an expert in personal coaching. What someone who works in life or personal coaching can do is give you ideas to stay focused, as well as help build your self-confidence.