Even though you may initially want to give up, don’t stop your diet altogether. You may need several attempts before you get it right. Changing your diet and lifelong bad habits will take time. Most likely it took you some time to gain weight so be patient when it comes to getting it off.
Although it won’t be easy, if you really want to lose weight you can do it. Below are a few tips to help you succeed in your diet and shed those pounds forever.
Monitor What You Eat
Even though it may not be fun, it’s important to keep a food diary. There are different apps available that you can use to log what you eat. These apps normally allow you to scan packages of your food and count your calories for you.
If you notice that you’re eating a lot of fatty or junk foods, try to find healthier replacements. If you love potato chips, look for the ones that are fat-free or unsalted. There are also chips that are now made from beans, quinoa or are oven-baked for a heathier alternative.
Find a Support System
Sometimes when you’re trying to lose weight the ones around you aren’t the most supportive. You may have friends who always want to go out to restaurants or have drinks. While there’s nothing wrong with hanging out with hour friends, you may need to find more supportive people to spend your time with.
If you need to, join a support group or find someone else who is looking to lose weight so that you can help each other out. They can also be your shoulder to cry on if you have a setback. They know what you’re experiencing because they’re in the same boat.
Review Your Weight Loss Program
Take a look at the diet program you’re following. It might not be the right fit for you and your lifestyle. Not everyone can or wants to give up carbs and eat a lot of meat. If the program you’re on requires you to buy separate food, switch plans if you can no longer afford it.
The grocery store now has a lot of different packed options that are tailored to different diets. It’s possible that you don’t need an official diet plan at all. There are so many resources on eating clean and being healthy.
When in doubt, shop the outer perimeter of the grocery store. There you will find fresh and less processed foods. Amazon Fresh allows you to place an order online and have fresh groceries delivered to you in one or two hours. You no longer have to waste time driving to the store and going up and down the aisle shopping. You don’t want boredom with what you’re eating to cause you to quit.
There are so many success stories of other people who have changed their diets and lost weight. Find some Instagram profiles to follow so that they can be in your daily news feed. Seeing other people who have been where you are is motivation to keep going.
If you’re not on social media, find some fitness magazines for inspiration. They have various stories of people who have lost weight, healthy recipes and snack food alternatives to try.
In your weight loss journey, you’re bound to have setbacks. But don’t be hard on yourself and don’t give up. Reward yourself when you reach various milestones along the way. Monitor the foods you’re eating so you know where you need to make improvements.
Seek out people who support you and your weight loss goals. Review your current diet programs and see if it’s really a match for you. Finally, find inspiration in others who have lost weight and kept it off. If you do these things, you will know how to stop failing at weight loss.