There are many different factors that go into gaining excess weight, from environmental factors and lifestyle choices to psychological reasons. The following steps are great starting points for anyone about to embark on a weight loss journey:
1. Plan ahead
Try to schedule your exercise and plan out your meals on a weekly basis. By being organised like this you will feel less tempted to deviate from the plan and skip workouts/eat fatty foods.
2. Record your food intake
Studies show that those who track their meals lose twice as much weight as those who don’t. Writing down what you eat keeps you mindful and should help you stick to your healthy eating plan.
3. Track your progress
Document your weight at the start of your journey and check in every now and then to see how you’re progressing. If you don’t fancy stepping on the scales, use photographs of yourself or tightness of clothes as a measure.
4. Find support
Not many of us can succeed without support – whether it comes from your partner, family or friends. If you want professional support, try to find out where your downfall is (whether it be exercise, diet or emotional issues) and, if possible, hire a professional to help you in these areas.
5. Avoid hijackers
If you find your friends and/or family are being negative or tempting you with high calorie foods, ask them to please respect your new lifestyle choice and explain how their negativity is upsetting for you – often they just need to be told.
If your eating habits are related to a compulsion, addiction or other emotional issue, hypnotherapy could be a useful tool on your weight loss journey. For more information, please see our Weight Loss page.
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