Many factors determine the success or failure of your weight loss goals. In this article, I will tell you about three simple things you can do in order to lose weight successfully.
1. Set small goals: Most people are unable to achieve their weight loss goals because they always think big. There is nothing wrong with thinking big, but don’t make your goals so big that they become overwhelming and intimidating to you!
Don’t stretch your weight loss goals so far that you feel tempted to quit your weight loss program altogether! Start slow and you will see how easy it is to shed those stubborn pounds!
You know that you need to make a few significant lifestyle changes in order to lose weight successfully. Now, keep in mind that you cannot make these changes overnight. For example, if today I ask you to avoid eating junk foods altogether, will you be able to follow my advice? You will probably try hard to avoid junk foods for a day or two, and by doing that, you will be even more tempted to cheat. As a result, you’ll end up gaining more pounds than what you started with. What a waste!
Here is an easier way to do it: instead of trying to cut down on your junk food intake entirely, try to replace one junk food with one good food. Do you eat butter? Well, replace that with peanut butter. Next day, replace burgers with raw carrots! If you eat white bread, replace that with wholegrain bread.
You won’t be able to accomplish all of these changes instantly, but you will be able to achieve your goals if you do it slowly, bit by bit. Eventually you will realize that you have completely replaced your bad foods with healthy eating, but without going through any stress or temptation!
2. Replace bad habits with good ones: Remember that you gained weight because of certain bad habits. Ideally you should break those old habits in order to lose weight, but I know that breaking an old habit is easier said than done. What you can do instead is modify your bad habit enough so that it becomes a good and healthy habit.
If you are like most people, you have a habit of snacking in the afternoon. Instead of trying to break your afternoon snacking habit, try to replace the snack itself. If you eat candy bars and cookies as snacks, replace them with low-fat yogurt and raw fruits!
3. Get rid of temptations: Unless you learn to control your temptations, you won’t be able to lose weight successfully. One overwhelming temptation most people suffer from is that of food. Whenever you are tempted to eat, do something that would distract you from the thought of food. You can do anything such as dancing, driving, walking around your home, doing some sit-ups, or drinking a glass of water.
All of these things will help keep you away from the tempting food cravings.