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Tips to Help You Follow Through Your Weight Loss Plan

At this time of year the dieting industry is in full swing. On television you will notice there are even more commercials for every type of dieting product there is, so why is it that we have such a difficulty to actually make the changes necessary to lose the weight?

There are a number of reasons people don’t actually follow through with a resolution to lose weight. First, some people are more caught up with the idea to change next week, next month or next year, but actually haven’t made a serious commitment to change. Others, start off great with some fad diet, and likely lose a few pounds, but the sustainability of the diet may not be realistic. Also, there are people that just don’t understand how much hard work is required to lose weight. Losing weight is hard, involves commitment, and takes a lot of time and effort.

If you are serious to follow through, here are some tips to help ensure that you succeed:

  • Make smaller changes, that you can sustain! Fad dieting will make you lose weigh faster, but the odds are that next year you’ll be making yet another resolution to lose weight because you weren’t able to keep it up. Try eating smaller more frequent meals, finding lower calorie alternatives for foods, and eat out less often.
  • Get competitive! If you are dieting with someone else it’s easier, you can talk about the difficulties, blow off steam if necessary, and get into the competitive spirit a bit. The only warning is not to get too competitive, this will only make you depressed if the other person happens to lose more weight than you or has a better week. If you don’t know anyone who is as serious about losing weight as you are, you can find a number of websites with forums, blogs, or chat rooms full of people trying to lose weight too.
  • Keep track! Keeping track of what you eat, any physical exercise, and your progress will help. People who are honest with themselves and keep accurate records tend to do better. You don’t have to show anyone your records, so make sure that you write down EVERYTHING, you may not even realize how much you are eating in a day.
  • Set a realistic goal! Saying that you want to lose 50 pounds in 2 months is not realistic, nor is it safe. If your goal is not realistic, you will just be disappointed and probably end up quitting. Make smaller goals and if you exceed your goal you will only be pleasantly surprised. Be sure, however, to make your goal challenging too, really think about it because it is an important factor in whether or not you will succeed.
  • Don’t get depressed! Even if you slip or don’t do well for a week or two, just keep trying. People lose weight in different ways, you may hit bumps in the road, but don’t stress over it, just keep it up.

If you are truly serious, you will see results eventually!

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