It’s all about willpower at the start, because nobody heading into a weight loss programme is going to be a pro! You might not see results for a little while, but the main thing is to retain the willpower to keep on plugging away.
Modify your home environment in small ways that can make your weight loss easier. Doing things like changing the size of your dinner plates, making sure you have fruit within reach for snacking, and hiding other family members’ unhealthy treats away from you can all make a big difference.
You absolutely might keep up a positive attitude on your journey, because as soon as the doubts start to come in, the motivation will fade away. It can sometimes be a fake it ‘til you make it situation with weight loss happiness!
PLAN FOR FAILURE
Come up with a contingency plan for if you happen to fall off the wagon and binge eat one evening for example. It might happen, but you won’t need to throw your entire regime out of the window because you have a back up plan to refer to!
TAKE YOUR TIME
Don’t go in with expectations of looking like a supermodel within a few months. Weight loss is a much slower process than the ads like to make you think, so don’t beat yourself up because you aren’t losing pounds and pounds per week.
It is a really good idea to keep a food diary, because it is the only really truthful way that you are going to be able to record everything that you eat, and therefore the only way you will be able to identify problem areas.
Don’t get into the mindset of thinking that you can have a bad cheat day and then fix it all with a long run. Overcompensating with extreme exercise will only serve to damage your body and not give it time to recover.
Be prepared to give up alcohol along with a lot of your favourite foods. Booze is actually the main culprit for a lot of the hidden calories that cause us to put on the extra pounds.
Think about factoring sex into your weight loss regime! It is one of the most fun forms of exercise. You can burn about three calories per minute of bedroom activity ... the longer it lasts, the better off you’ll be!
Prepare yourself for the barrage of ‘feedback’ and ‘advice’ that people are going to want to give you all the time. Don’t let it get you too up or too down, the only voice in your head should be your own!