I am sure that many of you reading this can relate to me. I would go to the gym do a pretty hard workout, come home, shower and then grab a packet of potato chips out the drawer. For years when I would try to lose weight and get in shape, I would be self-sabotaging my weight loss by doing things like eating bad food after I had exercised and many other things. Now I am not saying I or you guys do these things on purpose, it’s more we just do not think about them. Here are a few ways to stick to your weight loss goals and ways to stop you sabotaging your weight loss.
Write Down What You Want
A new TV, holiday or person to roll in the hay with does not count! I am talking about writing down what you want out of your weight loss journey. You must have a reason for starting a diet. Be it the obvious one of just losing weight. Or maybe there is a specific reason like a new dress, high school reunion, health reasons or whatever. Just write it down nice and clear and stick that sucker in a place where you will see it each and every day.
Have A Weight Loss Plan
You cannot just say one day “hey I am going to lose weight” and then do nothing to make that happen. Weight loss does not happen by accident. People who get the best results and people who are able to keep the weight off will have worked out a weight loss plan. You need to have a realistic plan say 1 or 2 pounds a week at the most, is a realistic goal and one you can achieve if your stick to your diet. Wanting to lose 5 or more pounds a week is just not going to happen on a consistent basis and will result in you losing heart and interest and before long you will have ditched your diet. This can be avoided by planning your weight loss journey and goals before you start.
Trying to lose weight is not impossible and there are many people who like to just get on with it and do it all by themselves, more power to you if this is you. But for many of us losing weight is something we simply cannot do on our own. That is where getting a friend to diet and exercise with you can come in. Or maybe you should look into joining a weight loss support group. These are a great way to help those of you who keep sabotaging your weight loss, as you have other people to motivate you and help keep you on track.
Start A Weight Loss Diary Or Use Your Smartphone
One of the best things that I did when I was struggling to stick to my diet was starting to write a weight loss diary. I would write in what I had eaten each day and what kind of exercise I had also done. At the end of each week I would write down how much weight I had lost. This was great as when I would have a bad week where I did not lose any weight I could see what I had done wrong and I could also look at weeks when I had great results and emulate that. If “writing” is not your thing then there are a ton of apps for your phone where you can keep a log of your diet and exercise.
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