If you have ever started a new diet and then given up on it, you know the guilt and frustration that it brings. It is disheartening to know what you need to do to lose weight and get fit but not be able to motivate yourself to actually do it. Many people have been in your shoes. But take heart, there are some things you can do to make your next diet a success. Weight loss and fitness are within your reach; you just need a little help.
1. Control your portions. Did you know that the more you eat, the more you want to eat? When you eat large portions, your stomach actually stretches out a bit. That means the next time you eat, it will require more food to feel full. Eating less, however, will help you begin to be satisfied with smaller portions, and this will help you lose weight. Pre-measure your food onto your plate, and do not go back for seconds.
2. Don’t completely deprive yourself. You can only go so long without a treat. The longer you go, the more likely you are to either binge or give up. You can prevent both of these situations by allowing yourself a treat now and then. Once per week, indulge a little. Decide what you would like to have most, and let yourself have it. Just remember to practice moderation. If you want some ice cream, just have one scoop–not the whole container!
3. Get some help. One of the reasons people have a hard time sticking to their diets is that they are doing it alone. But you will be more successful if you have a buddy to encourage and motivate you along the way. Find a friend who wants to lose weight too. Meet up once a week to discuss how you each are doing, what you are finding hard to do, and simply be cheerleaders for each other.
4. Educate yourself. Fear can be a great motivator. That is why many people do not get serious about exercise and health until they have a serious medical scare. But why wait until you have a medical situation? Do a little research about the deadly effects of being overweight, eating an unhealthy diet and not exercising. Just knowing what your future holds if you stay unhealthy can give you a boost of motivation that will have you running for the produce section!
5. Set Reachable Goals. It is important to set goals for yourself as you diet and get healthy, but make sure they are attainable. If you set big goals that will take a year to reach, they will not provide much incentive. Instead, set goals that can be reached with a week or two, such as, “I will exercise for 30 minutes, 6 days each week.”