However, there is a great majority of them that limit what you can eat or make working out so hard who the heck is going to stick with it for longer than a few weeks or even a few days?
With almost ¾ of the American population overweight or obese, and the majority of these Americans trying to lose weight, it is no wonder that practically every week there is some new “hot” diet or weight loss product to his the market.
The weight loss industry is HUGE! There is one problem: Americans are still getting fatter. These products and diets are not helping American’s lose weight and keep it off! They are setting everyone up for yo-yo dieting and not for lasting healthy results.
So, should you give up on losing the weight altogether? Absolutely not! It is important to learn what you must do to live a lifetime of health!
Are you currently looking to lose weight and be able to keep it off, but don’t know where to start? Here is a list I have put together to help you determine the best strategies for keeping you motivated and enjoying your new healthy life!
Try Something New
The key to having fun while getting healthy and losing weight is to try something new. Have you tried that new workout class at the gym? What about joining a sports league in your community? Have you considered experimenting in the kitchen with whole foods?
By trying something new, you are opening yourself up for a healthy and enjoyable life. Losing weight and getting healthy does not have to be boring. Health food does not have to be gross. Experiment! By trying different things, you will find areas of healthy living that you didn’t realize you enjoyed so much. When you find something you do like and have fun doing, you will be more motivated to stay healthy! You never know if that new workout class will be your favorite thing to do during the day!
Meet New Friends
There is nothing better than getting social and meeting new people. You can learn so many things from people and they can help keep you motivated. Some of the people I have met at the gym have proven to be the best motivators and encouragers. They have also shared some great tips that have helped me take the next step to getting healthier!
In addition to meeting new friends, look around you at the people you are surrounded by on a daily basis. In order to best reach your goals, it is important to get support. Find a friend that will help keep you motivated and on track to reaching your goals. It is so easy to get distracted and make excuses, but if you have a friend to hold you accountable, it is very difficult to not reach your health or weight loss goals.
Have you ever tried using a friend as a gym buddy? This will help both of you stay accountable by working out together. Who wants to let your friend down by skipping out on a workout?
The best support and motivator is a weight loss community! They have so many resources and tools and people working to help each other be successful!
Support a Good Cause
Whenever we are working toward our goals, it is always a great thing to be able to give back to the community or to a great cause. Look for community activities such as a run/walk that will keep you motivated to train for and will support a great cause.
Set and Track Goals
There is no successful person who has not set goals. You have to know where you want to be in order to get there. How much weight do you want to lose? When will you lose it by? Write it down and keep it somewhere you will see it often.
Meal, Fitness, and Progress Trackers
Trackers are great for keeping you honest about carrying out your action plan that will lead to your ultimate weight loss. This way you can look back and see how you are doing and how you can improve in order to reach your goals.
BMI and Metabolism Calculators
Calculators are great tools to determine where you stand and what you must do in order to reach your ultimate health. A BMI calculator gives a general guideline of what your goal weight should be to decrease your risk for chronic diseases.
Metabolism calculators are great for helping you determine about how many calories you burn during the day which can help you determine how many calories you should be eating during the day in order to lose weight! Remember that 3,000 calories equals 1 pound.
When you have been great at working so hard toward your goals, it is important to reward yourself for being successful when you hit certain mile markers. However, this does not mean reward yourself with food which would derail your weight loss goals. This means setting up rewards such as a new book, clothes, or a massage. What will be your reward for reaching your goal?
Any weight loss transformation is not complete without awesome prizes! There is no greater motivator than awesome rewards for reaching your goals.
Joining a weight loss community is probably the most beneficial way you can reach your weight loss goals. It provides the weight loss support, prizes, trackers, planners, weekly success calls, recipes, weight loss success products, and fun times that will help you become successful!
Look for a community with a great cause you can support while you are reaching your goals!