Staying on track with weight loss and achieving your ideal weight is not easy. Most people who attempt weight loss do not succeed; in fact, some people gain weight after a failed diet. If exercising more and eating less were easy, there obviously wouldn’t be an obesity epidemic in America. In order to stay on track with your weight loss efforts, there are some simple, but important tips to consider.
Staying on track with weight loss involves creating an eating plan that you can live with rather that a diet per say. Make sure you aren’t restricting yourself too much and setting yourself up for a binge. If you want to feel fuller, eat more fat (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) found in nuts, avocados and lean fish. Adding more fiber to keep you feeling full is also a good way to stay on track. Eating oatmeal for breakfast topped with yogurt or fruit is a good fiber choice.
Plan meals before you start to get hungry to stay on track with your weight loss goals. Another reason that people don’t succeed in losing weight is that they have good intentions to cook or go to the grocery store, but when hunger strikes, it just becomes easier to grab fast food or dig into a bag of chips or cookies. Have healthy snacks and meals waiting for you at all times. Keep freshly cut fruit and veggies in the fridge, along with healthy dips like almond butter and hummus.
Another way to stay on track with weight loss is to get a support system of people who are also trying to make healthy choices. If you are around people who are also trying to stay on track, you will be less likely to make poor eating choices. A support group can be as simple as a fried who also wants to lose weight or it can include joining a sports team or a gym.
If you know you can’t resist ice cream, work it into you your eating plan, rather than losing control and eating an entire gallon. You don’t want to feel like you are restricting yourself or you probably won’t stay on track. Avoid the mentality of classifying certain foods as completely off limits. Researchers have found that this mentality will actually make the forbidden food more attractive to you.
Keep a food and weight diary. Weigh yourself every week and record it. This way you can see how much progress you have made and it will help motivate you. You can also write down what you eat to make sure you are getting enough nutrition and to see what works for you and what doesn’t.