The more you eat, and the less you exercise, the more weight you will gain. This seems to be a realistic and easy-to-understand formula for most to grasp. However, knowing that the calories in verses the calories out formula is a tough thing for most people to stick to. If you want to lose weight, and you understand the basics, then what seems to be the issue?
Committing to your diet and exercise program is the number one key to losing weight. The ability to avoid temptations is important, and sticking to an exercise routine and making it a habit, is the number one key to success. Sticking to this tried and true method of weight loss not only is proven by scientist, but by me. These tips are how I was able to lose a great amount of weight, in just 2 weeks.
Learn how to be specific about your weight loss goals. Setting a goal to “lose weight” is setting yourself up for failure. You have to set specific goals in order to achieve them, and if you do, you will be amazed at what happens. When you set specific goals your mind starts to bridge the gap between where you are currently and where you ought to be. Lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks is something more specific and clear.
Stick to a predetermined meal plan. Studies have shown that sticking to a meal plan that is already thought out will increase your chances at weight loss up to 2 – 3 times. When you are headed home and you know that dinner is a salad, but you end up defrosting a pizza, you are just sabotaging yourself and your ability to lose weight. Go with your first instincts and make the salad. Weight loss is easier and more effective with a predetermined meal plan.
Being positive will go a long way. As much as you want to lose weight fast and feel better now, know that it is not the most easy thing to do. Believing that you will succeed is key, and you will. But believing that it will be easy can set you up for failure. Remaining optimistic will keep you motivated, but thinking it will be easy might not keep your effort levels at their highest. Set realistic goals, stay positive and work hard.
Flex your self control muscle next time you are eating lunch out. Instead of eating the side of chips at your favorite sandwich shop, order an apple instead. Flexing your self control muscle is a learned thing and full self control doesn’t happen overnight. Go slowly and take baby steps and lean how to work out your self-control muscles. Losing weight is just as much in your head as it is in your belly.
You will have success is you follow these tips. Losing weight is no easy task and not as simple as a formula. Although reducing calories and increasing exercise plays a major role in proper weight loss, the motivation, goal setting and practiced techniques discussed above are what set successful dieters apart from the yo-yo dieters. Keep positive, keep motivated and remain focused on why you are losing weight and you will succeed.