5 tips to help you stay committed to your weight loss plan
We hear it all the time — there is no quick fix to weight loss, and it takes time and commitment. One of the most important aspects to successful weight loss is to start with commitment — from day one. You have to already have it; it’s not something you gain as you go or learn later in the process. You must have a strong commitment right out of the gate.
The article by Lorraine Matthews-Antosiewicz, offers five strategies to stay committed, because we all know that our commitment level can change from week to week, or even day to day.
Her strategies are easy and straight forward. There is no need to overthink or make things more complicated than they have to be.
Here are her five:
Tip # 1: Write down your commitment. Think of your commitment as a very important promise you are making to yourself.
Tip # 2: Learn from your mistakes. Take time reflect on what went wrong and use this information to make better choices in the days ahead. To paraphrase a famous quote, failure is your best teacher.
Tip #3: Stay focused on the positive. Focus on what you’re gaining from losing rather than what you are giving up.
Tip #4: Plan for success. Set yourself up for success everyday by creating small achievable goals.
Tip #5: Seek out support. Don’t go it alone. Having a good support system can help you stay true to your commitment.
Tip #3: Stay focused on the positive.
Focus on what you’re gaining from losing rather than what you are giving up. No doubt, weight loss is difficult. But, not losing is even more difficult. Make a list of all the benefits you will experience from losing weight: improved health, nicer shape, more self-confidence, increased energy, better social life, more attractive clothes, or whatever applies to you. Whenever you find yourself getting negative about your weight loss plan, pull out your list and read it as if you were reading it for the first time. Remind yourself every day, 100 times a day if necessary, of the benefits of weight loss.
Tip #4: Plan for success.
Set yourself up for success everyday by creating small achievable goals. Staying committed to even one small goal everyday will lead to big success in the days ahead. And remember, success is contagious. The better you do today, the better you feel tomorrow. And the better you feel tomorrow, the better you will do the next day – and so on. Remarkably, this cycle of doing good and feeling good will lead you to your personal best weight quicker than any fad diet.
Tip #5: Seek out support.
Don’t go it alone. Seek out the support of a trusted friend or qualified health professional who is sensitive to your weight issues and health goals. Having a good support system can help you stay true to your commitment and increase your chances of long-term success.