So you have been trying to lose weight since last Christmas and yet you are seeing the same figure in the mirror this morning? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Most people fail to achieve their ideal weight despite many attempts at losing weight. This is not surprising at all since there are so many factors that determine the success or failure of your weight loss goals. What are these factors and how can you finally get it right?
To understand why most people don’t achieve their weight loss goals, you must first realize that losing weight is a goal. So you must have a plan in order to reach that goal. Most people fail to plan how they will achieve their ideal weight and shape and without a plan, they are doomed to fail from the start. Losing weight is like running a business – if fail to plan, then you are planning to fail.
Here are three golden rules that you should keep in mind when planning your weight loss strategy:-
1. Break down your big goals into “baby goals”
How do you eat an elephant? Why, bit by bit, of course. There is no way you can swallow the whole elephant in one go. Although this is a crude analogy, the simple truth is that you can never hope to achieve your weight loss goals if you don’t break it down into bite size pieces.
So if you want to lose 20kg, don’t try to lose them all at once. Instead try to have a smaller goal of losing 1-2 kg a month or something like that. Think small and take each small success as a springboard to bigger successes.
2. Don’t go the cold turkey treatment way
Over eating fatty foods is one big reason why people put on excess weight. Fat in foods tastes great. That’s why hamburgers are so popular and so are deep fried chicken wings. But if you want to lose weight, you must find a way to avoid taking too much fat. But don’t do it the “cold turkey” way where you completely deprive your body of its favorite food overnight. This won’t do because you will be forced to binge later on and then you make matters worse.
There is an easier way to reduce your fat intake: instead of the “cold turkey” treatment, try to downsize your junk food for starters. Instead of eating a whole burger, eat half or a quarter and give away the rest. If you are still hungry, try eating carrots or other vegetables as a “fill-in”.
The idea is to slowly let go of the junk food and not cut it out completely, all of a sudden. This will allow your body to adapt to the changes more gradually.
3. Get rid of bad eating habits
Most of the time, people gain weight because of bad eating habits. It is this habitual behavior that can cause lots of problems for overweight people. For example, you may have a habit of snacking in the afternoon or even just before bedtime. This bad habit will allow you to put on lots of unwanted fat, especially around the waist.
Breaking this bad habit is tough simply because it is a habit. To overcome this, you may need to make a conscious effort to replace the unhealthy snack with a healthier version like a fruit or fat free yogurt. Slowly, you may even be able to do away with this snacking habit too. Another bad habit is swallowing your food without chewing them properly. Eating food too fast may result in overeating as your body don’t feel that it is full. Try to eat slower and chew more to prevent overeating.
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