The key to successful weight loss is not some "miracle" product, pill or diet plan. Instead, there are a number of factors that effect whether or not you will succeed with your weight loss efforts. Here are 3 tips for successful weight loss that can help you lose the weight and get the body you have been wanting.
1. You've Got to Stay Motivated
Let's face it, the only way that any diet or weight loss plan will work is if you stick with it. There are lots of tricks you can use to keep yourself on track. Try keeping a weight loss journal. Be sure to write in it each day and report your progress - good or bad, or remind yourself why you want to lose weight. Having to be accountable in your journal can really help you to keep up with your diet program.
Another great way to stay motivated is by taking "before" pictures of yourself and putting them in a place where you can see them. As you progress along on your diet periodically take new pictures and compare them to where you started. Odds are you will see a big difference even if the numbers on the scale aren't moving as fast as you want.
Speaking of scales, try to avoid weighing yourself. When you are working out and dieting a lot of times you will be building muscle. Since muscle weighs more than fat it is very possible that you can get smaller but not lose a lot of weight. Instead, take your measurements with a tape measure before you start. As you proceed you can take new measurements and compare them to your starting numbers to get a more accurate picture of your progress.
2. Skip Fad Diets
Fad diets never work. Sure, they might give you short term weight loss, but a lot of times they can actually do more harm than good. They probably won't provide your body with the nutrition it needs which can cause intense cravings. When your cravings get bad enough you are much more likely to cave in and cheat on your diet. If you are like a lot of people, once you cheat once you feel like you have "blown it" and you might just give up on your diet all together.
Instead, eat healthy foods and balanced meals. Add a good exercise program and you will see results without harming your body or depriving it of the nutrition it needs. When you lose weight this way you are much more likely to keep it off.
3. Work With Your Body...Not Against It
Your body was made to keep you healthy, and that includes keeping you at a healthy weight. That means that the natural functions of your body are one of the best tools that you have to help you with your weight loss efforts.
Here's the problem. Most of us have screwed up our bodies and messed with our metabolisms by eating bad foods, doing the wrong kinds of exercise and following the wrong kinds of diets.
For instance, did you know that following an extremely low calorie diet can slow down your metabolism? When you take away too many calories your body goes into "starvation mode" where it literally thinks you are starving. In order to keep you alive and conserve as much energy as possible your metabolism will slow down. That's bad news because it means that not only will it be much harder for you to lose weight, but it will be a whole lot easier to gain it.