You have heard the mantra over and over: “it isn’t a change of diet, it is a change of lifestyle.” You know that crash diets don’t work, fad diets don’t last, and you simply can’t stick to a restrictive cleanse. To get real results, you will have to change more than what you eat for a couple of weeks. Real success is a much harder battle, but also much longer lasting!
So how do you achieve the dieter’s ultimate goal of maintaining steady weight loss, or even maintaining your goal weight? Read through our tips below to help you keep consistent with your weight loss goals, and do far more than just survive, but thrive!
Most likely you can’t suddenly go to bed several hours earlier. Your day is packed because you are busy! Start small. Setting a bedtime goal is a good start. Look at the time you normally got to bed and then the time you would like to go to bed. Every night, try to get these two times closer together. Even just 10 minutes earlier is helpful. If you backslide and stay up way too late, don’t worry – just start again tomorrow.
The good news is that it is easier than ever to track your food. There are countless apps, websites, and even wearable devices that are all intended to help keep you on the “straight and narrow.” Apps like MyFitnessPal, Lose It!, Fooducate, My Diet Diary, and SparkPeople are all great options. MyFitnessPal owns the market in “calorie tracker apps,” consistently ranking on the top of the “best app” lists. Give tracking a try – it is easier and more liberating than you may think!
The take away – don’t go it alone! Maybe attending weekly meetings doesn’t fit into your busy life. Instead try joining an online community, a neighborhood group, or even create a challenge with family members or friends. Keep it fun and light, but remember that the added accountability will help to keep you on track and your goals within your grasp.
Use these tips to help you thrive in your healthy lifestyle. You don’t need to suffer through a diet – simply waiting for it to end. This philosophy will never generate the long-term results you want. Instead, use these tips to help make a lifestyle change; a change that you will never regret!