The road to weight loss is a challenging one, both physically and mentally. It involves putting yourself through changes that may be unfamiliar to you and even out of your comfort zone. But losing weight in a healthy way and keeping that weight off is not impossible. There is a certain formula that is necessary to follow if you wish to be successful and achieve long-term, lasting results.
The first key to a diet that successfully helps you achieve your weight loss goal is planning ahead. If you try and skip this step, all the other steps will be only be more difficult to go through with.
People who give into cravings or binge eat and break their diet are often the ones who have not planned sufficiently. Figure out what diet is going to work best for your body. Make a list of the foods you need to purchase at the grocery store so when you get there, you aren’t distracted by foods you don’t need or shouldn’t have.
Clean out your fridge and pantry so unhealthful snacks and junk food that don’t fit inside your diet aren’t hanging around. If you keep them and know they are in your house, you will be far more likely to give into cravings down the road. Save yourself the trouble of scrambling when it comes to meal or snack time, by planning your meals ahead of time. This helps to keep you on track and give yourself direction.
Don’t wait until you are famished to decide what you’re going to eat, or it will be easier to cheat and reach for something quick and possibly unhealthy. Use a notebook, sticky notes, a daily planner, a spreadsheet—anything you need to simplify your new eating routine and grocery lists.
Preparation is another key ingredient to a successful weight loss plan. Much like planning, this habit is one you won’t want to leave out, or risk making the other steps much more difficult than they should be. Being fully prepared before making a commitment to any diet or weight loss plan is crucial to sticking with the plan to the end.
Prepare yourself mentally by using self-talk to motivate yourself and remind yourself of the reasons why you are choosing to take these steps towards better health. Let someone close to you know about your plans for living a healthier lifestyle so they can help hold you accountable, check up on you and provide you with encouragement. Prepare your body physically by easing into your new diet over the period of a week or two, rather then trying to jump straight into it.
Our physically bodies normally don’t take so well to drastic changes overnight. Wean yourself off sweets, processed foods, refined carbs, and whatever else you have decide you wish to avoid. And slowly introduce all the yummy, healthy alternatives you plan to begin enjoying.
Having some consistency in your diet will help your body adjust to changes and remain energized throughout your day. Try to eat at more or less the same times every day so your body can get used to a routine and look forward to meal and snack times. In between meal times, give your body a chance to digest and process your food. If you are sticking with the first two habits of planning and preparing, keeping some consistency in your diet shouldn’t be difficult.
Now that we’ve talked about the importance of consistency, it is good to note that having variety in your diet is every bit as important to your success. If you let yourself get bored of eating the same things every day, you will give your body and mind a bad experience to associate with heating healthy, which will only make things harder down the road. Make sure you are filling your healthy diet with a variety of fresh, colorful foods and even trying new things. Keep your taste buds interested and let your body know that eating healthy is fun and exciting, not dull or restrictive.
Obviously, staying motivated is the glue that holds together any weigh loss plan. Without this ingredient, all the other habits may eventually fall apart. There will be ups and downs and likely times you feel like giving up. If you don’t find ways to keep yourself motivated, ultimately, you are setting yourself up to fail.
Every day, use sticky notes to write encouraging reminders to yourself of why you are dieting. Post them on your bathroom mirror, fridge, or work area where you will see them regularly. Get friends and family to help push you and keep you determined. This is one of the most effective ways to stay on track. If you let people who care about you know of your intentions, they can help you merely by the fact that you will not want to disappoint them—and you may simply want to keep your pride in tact.
The journey to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle should be an exciting one that is possible for anyone who is willing to commit to making the 5 above habits a regular part of their new routine. It won’t always be easy, but Fresh N Lean’s vegan meal delivery service is here to support you.
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