It doesn't take a fool to work out that weight loss is about giving your lifestyle a makeover and changing things that made you overweight in the first place, and it doesn't happen overnight! The problem is that significant changes to your lifestyle, if made too quickly will have a negative impact on your weight loss efforts, and will leave you frustrated and disappointed. What many people do not recognize is that there is more to losing weight than just dieting and exercise, as this article will show as it takes you beyond the world of strict diets and tortuous exercise routines!
1. Avoid Negative thoughts:
Negative thoughts can do more damage to your attempts at weight loss than anything else. If you tell yourself you can't do something enough times, trust me, you won't do it. Now read that back carefully; I said - 'won't do it', not can't do it or unable to do it but, won't do it. This is the dark power of negative thinking. If you tell yourself that you are unable to do a sit up, you will have failed to do one before you have even tried.
The opposite of course applies; you have to instill a positive mental approach to your weight loss efforts, keep telling yourself that you will do something, or you can do something, even if you've never done a sit up before for example tell yourself you can do one, if not today, tomorrow and if not tomorrow the day after, but you will not stop trying until you have done one, that is positive thinking!
Now that was just an example, and what it was an example of was positive goal setting. Setting goals will be your fast route to weight loss success. Your goals should be little steps of success that are easy to achieve, not unrealistic leaps that are crying out to you to fail. If your target weight loss is 50 pounds, don't set yourself a weekly weight loss target of 12 pounds, because you will struggle to make that and the disappointment will eventually cause you to give up. Set a realistic target of 2 or 3 pounds a week in order to reach your target of 4 to 5 months.
2. Surround yourself with like minded and supportive people:
The right support is essential as this will keep you focused and determined. Without these types of people it will be more difficult to lose weight successfully. You need to enroll the support of friends and family as they will give you the backing you ask for and will be behind you 100%. The weight loss program you eventually choose has to offer good support to its members as a priority in the shape of a forum or a support group where you can chat to like minded people who will be facing the same issues and hurdles as yourself and also you should find that there will be a sprinkling of expert support and input in there also.
Basically, these are the yin and yang of weight loss, negative thoughts, that will stop you ever losing weight and supportive positive people that practically guarantee success.
So, if you follow these tips you should be able to lose weight, because whatever you believe in your mind you can achieve, and you WILL!
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