Are you ready for a permanent lifestyle change that will help you lose weight and keep it off? Are you tired of yo-yo diets and fluctuating results? Firstly, congratulate yourself on making a decision to change. Then follow these detailed steps to enjoy permanent success.
1. Write down your reasons.
Why do you want to lose weight? Some reasons could be:
- I want to wear skinny jeans.
- I want clean arteries.
- I want to rid myself of migraines.
- I don't want to get cancer or heart disease.
- I want to feel my best.
- I want to have more energy.
- I want to be around for my loved ones.
Writing down your reasons allows you to re-visit them throughout your journey, especially during your weak moments when you feel overwhelmed and want to quit.
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2. Record your starting weight and measurements.
Most of us hate the scale, but it is a necessary tool in this journey. Hop on the scale, write down your weight, and record it once every week or every month.
Do not weigh yourself every day. If you don't want to know your number, have someone else record it for you, like your significant other, or a trusted friend.
Also take measurements. Measure your arm (around the bicep), your neck, your chest, your waist, your hips and your thigh. Some weeks, the scale will not move but the inches will. Take new measurements every six to eight weeks.
Do not let the occasional weight gains or no-loss weeks get you down. Use these weeks as motivation. What can you do differently? Can you add another workout? Did you overeat? Assess and move on.