Tips to Help You Stick to Your Weight Loss Plan
What is your goal? – If you do not have a goal to achieve, you may find it increasingly difficult to stick to your plans. When asked, what your goal is, you will most likely say it is to lose weight and that’s where the problem lies. Your first target should be to overcome the hurdle of sticking to your weight loss plan in its totality. If you succeed in it, you will lose weight anyway.
What is your plan? – In order to stick to a plan you must have one to stick to in the first place. You should have a plan that contains clear details of the amount of weight you wish to achieve and a workout regime that you wish to adopt to lose this amount of weight. Your plan should have details of the changes you need to make in your food habits in order to achieve your weight loss goals. It should also have details of changes that you need to make in your lifestyle to help you achieve your weight loss goals. You do not need a very specific plan but you must broadly know them. When you start implementing your plan, you can decide the specifics and there too you must leave enough room for variety.
Cross the hurdle – In the beginning, take your days one by one. Implement your plan for the first day. After you have successfully done it on the first day, you will feel a sense of great achievement. This will motivate you to do it on the second day, the third, and the fourth and so on. After a week, you will realize it was a great accomplishment. Do not let this realization make you complacent. Just keep trying to cross the hurdle every day.
Missed it? – The very first day you miss out on your plan, you will feel guilty. Use this guilt in motivating yourself to get back to your plan. Remember, your primary goal is to stick to your plan, if you succeed in doing that you will lose weight anyway. You should use your guilt to get back to sticking to your plan.
Share it – You should tell a few people that you are trying to stick to your plan of losing weight on a day to day basis; try to include your personal trainer in them. The chances are that at least one of them will ask you whether you achieved your goal so far; your personal trainer is most likely to do this. This will put pressure on you to avoid quitting.
When to check? – As far as possible don’t check your weight on the scale for a few weeks. Remember, your aim is to adhere to your weight loss plan and not weight loss. So, if at all you need to check anything it is to find out for how long you have been successfully implementing your plan. Just doing your workouts daily or only eating right daily or sticking to better lifestyle is not enough. You ought to succeed in every department on a regular basis.
Make it a habit – When do you know that you do not have to bother about sticking to your eight loss plan anymore? When it becomes your habit, you need not bother to stick to it.
When do you know you have formed the habit? – When you miss out on your plan for the first day and you feel uneasy and also feel the urge to start implementing your plan all over again, it is a signal that you have formed the habit. If you have missed your new routine for more than two days at a stretch, remind yourself how hard it had been to form the habit. Start all over again to get back your right habit again.
If you have come close to forming your habit, chances are that that you have already shed a few pounds. Go and check it. Congratulations! And don’t forget to maintain your new habit.
Source by Dan Clay