The Big 6 for Losing Weight
Do you have a plan? It doesn’t need to be elaborate, but it does need to be specific, reasonable, and repeatable (even changing one habit at a time). For example: Picking a day every week that you will do your meal prepping, download an app to help you track what you are eating, or commit to at least 3 days a week that you will exercise. Doing any one of these things will get you on the right track to reaching your goals.
Do you have goals and expectations that are consistent with a person living on planet Earth? What does that look like? 1 lb. per week on average, more in the beginning and less in the end. I get it, you know all of these people that did keto, fasting, low carb, high carb, south beach, or Adkins, etc., and they all lost 10 lbs. in 10 hours. What I said remains true most of the time. Think about your weight loss as a marathon, not a sprint!
Can you limit drinking to 2 servings a week? Your dance moves may suffer from cutting alcohol out of your diet, but it’s worth it! You can have varying levels of success otherwise, but short lived. If you want consistent weight loss you must limit your drinking or quit for a while all together. What’s more important?
Can you say “NO” to bad influences? Like friends and family. It’s very easy to be swayed into breaking your diet (hello, peer pressure!) especially when at parties or events. Now, I am not saying you should be that person who announces 500 times that they are one a diet, instead prepare by either bringing your own healthy appetizer or dish to share with everyone or eating a healthy hardy meal beforehand so your belly is full, making it easier to fight off the temptations.
Do you have an *adequate support system? The bigger your goals the stronger your support system need to be. It can be one person, but they must be a rock. Don’t have anyone in mind? Find a gym and get into group classes. They are loaded with people just like you who need help reaching their goals.
Don't give up on yourself. The most important thing to remember is that no one is perfect. There will always be obstacles along the way, so if you have a set back, don't give up!