5 Tips To Help You To Stick To Any Weight Loss Diet Plan
Losing weight takes time. And, one of the biggest reasons diets fail is because it becomes difficult to stick to a weight loss plan for long enough to see it succeed.
But, if you follow these tips, you’ll find it easier to stick with your weight loss plan for the long run.
1) Be Prepared
We often overeat or eat the wrong things when we have to eat “on the fly”, because we often find it difficult to find good choices, or we get overwhelmed by the temptation of our favorite bad choices.
Preparing for meals ahead of time by deciding what you’ll eat and having the right foods on hand can keep you on track with your weight loss plan.
2) Eat at Home
Meals prepared in restaurants contain about 30% more calories than the same meal prepared at home. So, if you can eat most of your meals at home, you’ll be ahead of the game.
When you do eat out, decide in advance what you’ll order and don’t be swayed by other items on the menu. And, remember portion control when eating out. Most restaurants serve you the equivalent of two to three real portions.
3) Schedule Exercise
Exercise is a key component of weight loss. And, let’s face it; exercise probably isn’t your favorite thing or you wouldn’t be overweight in the first place.
So, schedule your exercise sessions just like you would any other appointment with the doctor or a business associate. This makes it much easier to stick with exercise on a busy schedule. And, by all means find an exercise that’s fun, since you’re much more likely to keep doing it if you like it.
4) Throw Out The Bad Stuff
Is ice cream your weakness? Then make sure there’s no ice cream in the house so that you can’t be tempted. One of the most important aspects of sticking to a weight loss plan is setting yourself up for success – not for failure.
5) Write Down What You Eat
Studies have shown that people who record what they eat tend to eat fewer calories in a day, regardless of the weight loss plan they choose. The act of writing down what you eat makes sure that you’re really aware of what you’re putting in your mouth. You’ll learn to avoid eating things because you have to admit you ate it – at least to your weight loss journal.
Remember that weight loss is a long term project for most people. Even after you’ve lost the weight, remembering these tips will help you keep the weight off. After all, a weight loss plan isn’t so much a diet as a way of living.