A lot of progress is lost when thinking about all of the times you’ve tried to lose weight and failed, putting off dieting for a later date, or being stymied by all of the things you’ll have to do in the days to come. Come to terms with how bad you’ve let yourself get, and make a promise never to return to where you’re at. It’s OK to be unhappy about the way you look, as long as you channel that energy into positive changes. Focus on the now and get started! Here are 26 tips to help you along the way. Good luck.
1. Don’t Overeat
This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s one of the hardest habits to break, and one of the most detrimental things you can do to your body.
2. Take on a Weight Loss Challenge
90 days is the length of most challenges these days, but you can also find 30 and 60 day ones as well. What a challenge does is gets you to go hard out for a finite amount of time, so you can wrap your head around it. Just be sure to have a plan for when the challenge is finished.
3. Don’t Target a Specific Area
Spot treating rarely works, and can be very demotivating. Focus on improving your entire body and you’ll see those troublesome areas get better over time.
4. Don’t Let Giant Food Corporations Weigh You Down
It’s unfortunate the kind of “foods” the big food companies try to sell us. They’re filled with all sorts of additives and chemicals to get us to eat more of it. Take a timeout on pre-packaged fare. If you need a sensible approach to eating for weight loss and overall health, take a look at the Cruise Control Diet.
5. Take Mandatory Me Time
If you’re always providing for others you won’t have the time needed to focus on your weight loss and fitness goals. Be sure to schedule some alone time to collect your thoughts.
6. There’s No One Way to Lose Weight
Don’t pigeonhole yourself into thinking that there’s only one way you could possibly get the results you want. There are many roads that lead to the same path, it’s about choosing the one that works best for you.
7. Why Not Live Up to Your Full Potential?
Larry Winget says that the human race is the only living thing in the universe that chooses not to live to its fullest potential. The fit and healthy you is possible, so why not go for it!
8. Integrate Your Different Life Spaces
If you find that you’re an angel while at home, and a devil at work when it comes to eating junk, or vice versa, try to connect your different personas so you’re not working against yourself.
9. You Can’t Get It Wrong
Many dieters think they’ve got to get it just right in order to be successful. But trying and failing is better than not trying at all. Every step you take in the right direction is helping, and is better than a step in the wrong direction.
10. Turn Up the Love
Dieting can put you in a state of self-loathing and grumpiness if you let it, but this is actually detrimental to your overall well-being. Show some love for yourself and be grateful for what you have and your efforts will be more effective.
11. Avoid Toxic People
You’ll likely find that there are some people in your life that seem to bring you down, especially when they see you start to change for the better. It’s best to avoid them if at all possible, and re-evaluate your relationship with them.
12. Find a Step-by-Step Program
If you’re just venturing into the world of fitness, or are too busy to develop your own plan, find one where they lay it all out for you, and just connect the dots each day.
13. Try Kettlebells
Kettlebells can be a bit intimidating at first, but they’re so effective because they combine an aerobic routine and strength training into one. Take a class to get the right form down, and then you can go off on your own. Check out these 6 kettlebell exercises that will help you pack on more muscles and burn off more fat.
14. Hack Your Life
These days it’s possible to look up any problem you’re having on the road to weight loss and get a fast answer from someone that’s been there.
15. Stop Changing the Formula
A true fitness professional has dedicated themselves to getting other in excellent condition. Follow their advice and stop trying to add your own ideas or methods, or twisting it up from what works.
16. Go to Bed Early
You set up the next day by how well you sleep the night before. If you’re staying up late into the night you’re making it more likely that you’ll start the day off on the wrong foot. Plus your organs and systems need sleep in order to function at their best.
17. Wake Up Early
If you go to bed early enough, you can wake up early and still get your 8 hours. You’ll also be allowing your body to flush out toxins by emptying your bladder and evacuating your bowels at the optimal time of day.
18. Imitate Your Favorite Celebrity Chef
The more meals you cook for yourself the better. You’ll have more control of the ingredients you use, and appreciate your food more since you made it.
19. Take a Longer View
We all want to lose weight like yesterday, but it took awhile for you to get to this point, and it’s going to take some time to get yourself back to good. Be patient and keep the bigger picture in mind.
20. Switch up the Chocolate
Just because you’re dieting it doesn’t mean you have to give up the chocolate, if that’s your weakness. Just make sure that it’s dark chocolate, and that it’s in moderation.
21. Turn Off the TV
You’ll not only benefit by being more likely not to veg out on the couch, you’ll skip the ads for all the fast food, pizza, and chain restaurants.
22. Meditate and Use Visual Imagery
Rather than focusing on how hungry you are or on the things you’re giving up, spend time clearing your head and picturing yourself the way you want to be.
23. Get a Therapeutic Massage
It’s more than just calories in and out, it’s about feeling good and few things can get you there faster than a massage by a licensed and experienced physical therapist.
24. Stop with the Fizz
Cutting carbonated beverages can go a long way towards helping you reach your goal weight. They not only work to dehydrate you, but many contain caffeine, and even more contain High Fructose Corn Syrup which will really trip up your efforts.
25. Work the Core
This doesn’t mean doing endless crunches or spot treating the stomach. There are many variations of exercises you can do. The core muscles help with many movements throughout the day, and can help relieve pressure on the back. Check out these 8 moves to build your balance and a rock solid core.
26. Take a Pass on the Latest Craze
Once you step back from the merry-go-round of the latest trends you can see how silly they are. Choose a solid program to follow and stick with it.
27. Focus on Being Healthier All Around
Yes, the goal is to lose weight, but if you dig deeper you’ll see that feel better is the core of the motivation, and that involves improving the body’s many functions with a holistic approach to health and well-being.