ABCs of a Successful Weight Loss Journey
Be responsible and in control of your weight loss journey. It can include keeping and updating a weight loss journal or having a responsible partner who is interested in the same progress as you.
B- Believe in yourself
Tell yourself that you are capable of losing weight like everyone else. The fact that you cannot lose weight is on the mind, so change your mind.
For sustainable results, you need to be regular in your daily affairs, exercise, and monitor your diet regularly.
Be deliberate and dedicated to your weight loss aspiration as if it were a paid job.
E- Eat well
Your diet is the most important aspect of your trip. You have to decide to eat healthy because you are what you eat.
F- Forget your past
This is a new beginning, stop looking at what your unhealthy life has been like in the past and start a healthy lifestyle.
G- Goal setting
Set realistic goals, it can be 2.3 or 5 pounds per month, be very clear about what you want and do it. Monitor your progress through measurements and weighing at regular intervals to see how close or far you are from your goal.
Drink at least 8 to 12 glasses of water a day. It helps build your metabolism, detoxify your system, improve your skin health, always keeps you full to discourage bingeing and promote weight loss.
Get inspired by reading weight loss success stories and inspire others with your transformation too. Helps maintain your motivation levels.
J- Join challenges
Your preferred training program should incorporate challenges between members, create a healthy competition focused on achieving your body goals. It is also a fun way to lose weight without realizing it.
K- Keep a weight loss diary
You cannot improve what you do not measure. Write down your goals, start dates and measurements and take pictures too. It will help you stay focused on working toward your fitness and body goals.
L- Love yourself
If you often say this to yourself, “I hate my looks”, “My belly fat is horrible”, “I can never have a bikini body”, STOP! just stop being too hard on yourself. When you look in the mirror, tell yourself that you are the most amazing person in the world. Change your negative mindset and watch your success, believe me!
Find time to relax and de-stress. It could be one of seven days a week. Your body needs it to repair and rejuvenate muscles. Skipping stretching and relaxation can lead to exhaustion and ultimately discourage you from continuing your journey.
N- Out-of-scale victories
Celebrate some weight loss gains that you might not see on your scale, such as fitting into a smaller top, better blood pressure numbers, being able to run up the stairs without getting out of breath, having your meds taken away, etc. Celebrate every success you make along the way.
Be positive! You may have tried various things to lose weight that didn’t work. It does not mean that you can never lose weight. Try to stay positive always, as this mindset is necessary for your success.
P- Push your body to change that body
See, there are no shortcuts to losing weight, shortcuts have proven unsustainable. If you have to push your body out of your comfort zone to kick fat in the butt. So do it because you will reap the benefits and have the energy to be of use to your loved ones.
Q- Leave unhealthy clothes
This is a ‘MUST’ for you because unhealthy habits will continue to jeopardize your weight loss progress, such as smoking, alcohol intake, high sugar intake, lack of sleep, sedentary lifestyle, eating unhealthy food with high calorie content, etc.
R- Reward yourself for your progress
There are a number of ways to do this, it could involve buying a smaller outfit that you now fit due to weight loss or getting a professional massage of all the muscle depletion from workouts. You are all you have, be kind to yourself.
S- Sleep well
Contrary to some opinions, do you know that you can help lose weight by sleeping at least 7 to 8 hours a day? Lack of quality sleep releases the stress hormone that signals your body to conserve energy to fuel your waking hours, implying that it will hold on to fat.
Never give up! You need this attitude to keep going because there are times when the scales will not smile at you or you will find yourself stuck in your journey. It happens to everyone, but don’t give up. Keep going and your body will reward you in due course.
U- Understand your body and listen to it
Every day will not always be the same, there will be days when you will not feel like exercising. Don’t be too hard on yourself, listen to your body, relax, take a few days off, but don’t give in to unhealthy cravings.
V- Value positive relationships
Be careful with the people you associate with. Nurture positive relationships that are interested in your weight loss success and steer clear of people who seek your downfall and hope you will give up.
W- Train regularly
This is another mainstay for weight loss and fitness goals. You need to exercise, get those endorphins, feel good, feel fit, and your heart will thank you. Excuses don’t burn calories, and dieting alone can make you lazy and out of shape. Stay active and keep moving.
You will need a lot of this in a support group. I can’t stress this too much; you need to interact with like-minded people who are interested in your progress and willing to help you along your journey. You can see where others are struggling and everyone can overcome their challenges together.
Y- YOU can do it!
Yes! Yes !! Yes !!! You can totally do it, you have this. Now go kick that fat in the butt and embrace your healthy lifestyle. No one will do it for you.
Be devoted and passionate about your journey and you will soon be an inspiration to many others.