The success of a lifestyle change deeply depends on how much one is willing to adapt to the change. I call a weight loss plan a lifestyle change because in true sense it is not a chart, it is more about small and steady changes we bring in our daily life to beat obesity. And these changes have to be permanent to maintain the weight loss.
Are you really ready to lose weight
There are many factors which influence this change or one’s readiness. Few of them have severe effect on decisions and the person can diverge from their path.
Always be sure to set realistic weight loss goals. Losing 1-2 pounds (0.5-1 Kg) weight in one week is the healthy way of approaching your aim. To lose 1-2 pounds weekly you need to burn 500-1000 extra calories each day. Thant means you need to consume fewer calories and burn more through exercise. Also make sure that you opt for SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-framed. An example of a SMART goal can be intention to walk for one mile for everyday for 6 weeks. Or Take stairs instead of elevator in office. Or perform a desk workout in lunch time every alternate day for 1 month.
What is your motivation to lose weight; it can be anything from being healthy, improve your appearance to just feeling good about yourself. Find a true motivation and keep your focus on it. Weight loss is permanent lifestyle modification which will include choosing healthy food and exercising more often. This can mean a deviation from current daily life and eating habits. One needs a lot of inspiration to keep oneself attentive not be distracted by indulgences like junk food, sweets and not exercising.
If there are distractions in mind like job stress, illness, financial issues or something similar, the weight loss decision can add to that burden. A stressed mind can never lead to a successful adaptation of a change. So first thing first, calm your mind and start will full enthusiasm.
A reliable friend, family or a support group can always be encouraging while starting a weight loss plan. Moment of fighting temptations and being disheartened are always there. It’s good to have someone to support you and not let you fall back.
Emotions and food are often related. Anger, stress, grief and boredom can trigger emotional eating. Identifying the issues which lead to food craving and solving them can be helpful. Talking to a doctor can also help solve these emotional issues.
Attitude and Focus:
Positive and a can-do attitude are required when struggling with weight loss. Positive attitude helps in embracing the lifestyle changes with happiness and willingness to change. People with “Can do” attitude are more likely to stick to these changes, overcome personal fears and walk out of difficult situations of making healthy choices.
Maintaining a strong focus is beneficial. Just focus on the goals and strength one would feel after achieving those goals. Picture yourself celebrating on every little success like opting for low fat cottage cheese rather than a bag of chips to snack or to go out for a stroll with your dog.
Proceed Ahead if ready
Only after clarifying these important points in your mind you can make the decision of a lifelong commitment. Equip yourself with the correct knowledge. For example, learn more about the dietary changes necessary for losing weight. See a dietitian who can help you out with it.
Halt and think if not ready
If you are still not ready to embark on this journey, you need to evaluate yourself what is holding you back and face those obstacles. For instance, resolve any other stressors in your life first. Or you may not ready just to commit yourself. Consider seeking help from your doctor.
Solve these obstacles as soon as possible and then make up your mind for weight loss so that you can start a healthier lifestyle. With all the difficulties we face on regular basis weight loss efforts get side tracked and they hinder us from taking a firm step ahead. Take control and make it happen. You are then ready to lose weight!