There are a lot of things that you have to do when you are trying to lose weight. You have to eat less and exercise more, of course. You have to plan for success, you can’t just wake up one morning and have lost 50 lbs. Here are 3 things that everyone that is trying to lose weight just has to do to be successful.
1. Be Patient
Losing weight sustainably is a process. If you go too fast, you will end up burning out on your goals. In short, you aren’t going to make it. Here’s the thing, we all have a limited amount of willpower. If you use it all up in the first 2 weeks of your weight loss program you are going to splurge.
You need to give yourself an opportunity to relax. Every now and then go for the triple fudge ice cream sundae. I know that is a weird idea, but cheat days exist because, well, you need to have a cheat day. Remember, you need to be well in every facet of your life. And ice cream is delicious. You should take some time and enjoy life, and then get back to doing what you need to do.
Weight loss should take a long time if you are to do it correctly. I’m serious, it should take time. Remember, that the more weight that you have to lose, the longer it will take to get to your ideal weight. Enjoy the journey.
And speaking of journey, it really is about changing your relationship with food. This is going to be a journey. It isn’t something that flips a switch over night and you have a different perspective.
Along the way there are going to be milestones that you pass. Some of them are arbitrary, and others less so arbitrary. If you are classified as obese, then a major milestone is when your BMI drops below 30. At that point, you are no longer obese. This is an important point in a weight loss journey. You should celebrate this milestone.
Maybe have a mini celebration with every 10, 25, or 50 lbs. It is important to break things up into these mini-celebrations. If you don’t you will lose interest in the project of losing weight. You do not want to lose interest, you want to lose pounds! So it is critical that you find little celebrations and then make sure that you reach out to those people that you care about, and celebrate with them.
Find small things to celebrate, and then when you reach the big things to celebrate, make sure that you throw a heck of a party.
3. Track, track, track
As a data oriented person this is probably the most critical piece. You need to track. You won’t know what is working for you and what is not if you don’t have the data. You also won’t know how you are doing. Without tracking, you are not keeping score.
Imagine trying to play a sport like basketball. You can’t see the score board, but you think that things are going well. Then at the end of the game, the scoreboard is revealed and it turns out that your team lost by two points. How would you feel? Would you have put in just a little bit more effort?
As weird as this is, this is what loads of people do when they start trying to loose weight. They restrict calories, start to exercise, and they work really hard. Then one day they jump on the scale. No change. They become disheartened. They give up.
What did they expect? They put in a bunch of effort, but they didn’t know if it would work. So they put their efforts into the wrong places. As such, they didn’t get the results that they wanted to get, and they paid the price for that.
You have to track. Track your calories, track you weight, and track your exercise, that way you can build up a program that actually works for you. Skinnier Me works because your tracking will give the algorithms what it needs to build personalized, customized, weight loss just for you.