It’s so difficult to lose weight and whilst we can create a diet plan or join a slimming club, it still can be hard to stick to.
Whether you’ve started a diet recently or you have been trying for months, there will be times when you lack focus and motivation and then you have to try and find a way to stay on track.
Today it was reported on Sky News that four out of five people who started a diet for the New Year will have given up by today – has that happened to you?
Here are some top tips on how to stay motivated:
Set yourself goals – identify how much weight you want to lose and realistically set an achievable weight loss for a month. You couldn’t possibly lose 40 pounds in a month, but you could lose 5 pounds. Maybe your end goal could be to be slimmer for a wedding or holiday.
Don’t weigh in every day – otherwise you’ll become obsessed.
Set a workout routine each week – maybe you could join an exercise class, or hire a personal trainer. JC Academy in Lichfield have personal trainers available to help you achieve your fitness goals. Prices vary according to your needs, so give them a call.
Keep a log of what you eat – this will stop you over eating
Remind yourself why you’re dieting – keep an image in your head of what you want to change for yourself. Stay mentally strong.
Reward yourself – remind yourself that you are doing a good job and give yourself a reward every five or ten pounds. It’s difficult to have a healthy day every day so don’t feel guilty if you have a bad day. Simply get back on track the next day.
Diet with a friend – you can motivate each other. Alternatively join a slimming or exercise group where there will be other people with the same objective.
Avoid temptation – Eat three meals a day and don’t miss any. Cutting out meals makes you feel sluggish, tired and hungry.
Remove unhealthy foods from view – this will reduce the temptation of grabbing them when you’re hungry.
A diet is a great way to lose weight, but you should not starve yourself to achieve your goal. If a woman is eating less than 1,200 calories a day or a man is eating less than 1,500 calories a day, then the body is not getting enough healthy nutrients to function.
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