What life situations stop you from being active? What may happen in the near future to derail you? Come up with a strategy to overcome each one. If you aren’t able to do the activity you had planned, how could you sneak more activity into your day or fit in some other form of exercise? Write your contingency plan down. Keep it close at hand to refer to in tough times.
To stay active for life, learn all you can about exercise and weight loss.
Start The Day Off Right
Be sure to eat a healthy breakfast. Eating breakfast revs up your metabolism and causes you to burn more calories throughout the day. It prevents you from getting overly hungry and overeating.
Snacking all day long, especially if it’s candy or chips, will definitely pack on the pounds. But snacking consciously, when you’re hungry, making healthy choices in moderation, helps you reach and maintain your weight loss goal. A nutritious snack keeps you energized and your blood sugar level.
What’s a healthful snack? Low-fat cheese and crackers, nuts and fruit, veggies with hummus, or low-fat yogurt and fruit all fit the bill. How much should you eat? Just enough to curb your appetite.
Sometimes when you’re craving food, what your body may actually be asking for is water. Stay hydrated by drinking at least 6 eight-ounce glasses of water per day. Drinking water will help you cut down on sodas and other high-calorie beverages. Because your muscles need water to function properly, staying well hydrated will make workouts easier.
Don’t Attempt To Change Everything All At Once
For some women just making these dietary changes and becoming more active is enough to reach their weight loss goals. Spend one to two months integrating these changes into your life before making any other changes. If after that time you’ve reached a weight loss plateau or want to lose more, try a few other tips …
To stay on track, reach your goals and keep the weight off for life, you need to be able to motivate yourself. Here are some ideas …
Know what you want and why. Take some time to define where you’re going. Be sure to get in touch with why it matters to you. A vision board is a great way to remind yourself and help you stay on track when the going gets tough.
Build a support network. Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed. Friends, family, online or in person support groups can help you be accountable. Tell them your goals and why they matter to you. Getting a weight loss coach is another way of getting support and learning more weight loss tips for success.
Keep your health and weight loss goals front and center. Once you’ve created your vision board takes a moment to look at it each day and connect with how it makes you feel. Review your goals on a monthly basis and revise them as needed. Check in weekly with at least one member of your support group.
Enjoy yourself. Choose healthy foods and activities that appeal to you. Learn to congratulate yourself on all the steps you’re taking. Give yourself some free time, treat yourself to a small gift or just pause and savor the feeling of your new way of life.
Choose no more than 3 to 5 tips above to integrate into your life at first. Try adding a few more when these have become a habit.