According to statistics, the average person attempts to lose weight at least four times a year. But only 1 out of every 100 people lose weight for good and can proudly share their weight loss success stories. We at Bright Side want you to be one of those people, so we decided to reveal these secrets to help you suffer less and reach your goal much more easily.
Dr. Roger Gould, one of the most well-known experts on emotional eating, assures us that our emotions, not a lack of willpower, prevent us from losing weight permanently. Therefore it’s important you know about these secrets before starting your battle with weight loss:
- Be consistent.
It’s always very difficult to start a diet that promotes eating only fruits and vegetables if you’re used to eating mainly fast food. It’s a huge stress for your body, and it will react accordingly. Try not to demand too much of yourself at once, and make progressive changes instead.
- Keep track of your progress.
Believe it or not, it is very important to carefully monitor your progress. This will give you a real picture of how much weight you’ve lost. In many cases, you’ll have to wait months until you see some noticeable changes in your body, so in order not to lose motivation, keep a record of all the changes.
- Be physically active.
A healthy diet plan does help you lose weight, but it’s very important to combine good nutrition with some kind of physical exercise. Even low-risk activities, such as walking (if performed on a daily basis) will be very helpful.
- Look for support from your friends and family.
The moral support of those around you is extremely important when you’re on a diet. They know that when you do give in to temptation, you’ll feel guilty afterward, so they can remind you to be careful with high-calorie foods when they are with you. It’s their way of supporting you in your battle.
- Determine your metabolic type.
If you feel like you’re doing everything to lose weight but still have no noticeable results, it’s okay. Actually, it’s a very common problem. But before giving up, learn more about your metabolism. If you have a slow metabolism, arm yourself with patience, and don’t let your guard down. Remember that long-term results will become visible one day.
You can speed up your metabolism with regular water intake and specific vegetables and fruits.
- Any diet requires supervision.
If you decided to start a diet, think about contacting a good nutritionist for supervision and advice. Remember: with all those “miracle diets” that promise to burn kilograms of fat in no time at all, you’re running a serious risk of harming your health. Low-calorie diet plans lack essential nutrients for the proper functioning of your body, so they will have a negative effect on your mental and physical wellbeing.
Bonus: Shopping list
To help you out at the start of your diet, here is a list of the best foods for weight loss:
Lean beef and chicken breasts
Beans and legumes
Now you are ready to embark on your weight loss journey. Good luck!!!