With more Americans are overweight, dieting seem like a losing battle. Many people who lose weight go on to reclaim it, and little more. Being overweight can negatively affect the health and self-esteem. Weight loss, however difficult, can be worth the effort involved
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Notebook for Mapping Goals and Progress.
Set short-term goals. Decide on a reasonable amount of weight you want to lose in a period. A month is a good time frame, because it gives you enough time to achieve your goal, and is short enough that you do not lose focus. It’s also a good idea to write down your goals for your diet. This will give you written documentation of your skills.
Reward yourself when you reach each goal. Reaching your goal is a big deal and you should reward yourself for it. A reward will also give you something to look forward to the days you feel discouraged. Make a list of rewards that you want. Maybe a manicure or cute pair of flats will make dieting seem a little more bearable. Try not to use food as a reward. When we eat unhealthy foods, we really do not do us any favors.
Chart your progress. Keep track of your weight loss in your notebook with your goals. Look what you’ve lost will keep you motivated to stick to the diet. Remember why you want to lose weight in the first place, and refer to your notebook when you feel frustrated.
As you throw the pounds, get rid of clothes that no longer fit you. It can be a great moral boost to see these clothes going out the door. It is symbolic of the weight that you have lost and can help keep you motivated on days that you feel deprived. Another good reason to get rid of the baggy duds is that once they are gone, you need to at least maintain you current weight. To regain some of the lost pounds, you will not have anything to wear.
Exercise regularly. Exercise causes the body to release endorphins in the brain, elevates mood. Exercise is a great stress reliever and will also speed up your weight loss by burning extra calories.
Tips and Warnings
It’s always a good idea to talk with your doctor before starting a diet or exercise program.
Keep your eyes on the prize. Remember what you want to accomplish and why. This will serve as your main motivation.
Do not try to lose too much too fast. You risk making you sick.
Diet pills claim rapid weight loss. Many often poses serious health risks. If you feel the need to use diet pills, discuss it with your doctor before hand.