We’re all familiar with the typical dieting cycle. We diet, working hard to lose the weight, and once we meet our goal, we relax back into old habits and gain the weight back! Sometimes more.
It seems that weight loss is the easy part! It’s keeping it off that’s difficult. The good news is, with the right system and support, you can end the yo-yo cycle and keep the weight off for good. Here are 5 steps to boost your long-term success:
1 – Shift Your Mindset.
This is the first step for a great reason, it’s because it’s the biggest marker of your weight loss success. It might sound simple, but it requires being truly honest with yourself about being ready to commit to a lifestyle change. To have a different result, you must be willing to make different choices. Sometimes the timing isn’t right and we just aren’t willing to take the actions needed to lose weight, but when you are committed to the outcome and to living a healthier lifestyle, your success is inevitable! One great way to start shifting your mindset is to write down your goal, why you want to achieve it, and how your life will change when you achieve it.
2- Choose a plan that fits your lifestyle.
There are many different strategies that work when it comes to weight loss. The key is to pick the one that aligns with your lifestyle. If you know you never have time to cook, or just don’t enjoy it, don’t choose a plan that requires extensive meal prep! Choose a plan that is sustainable for you.
3- Enlist Professional Support.
While friends and family can provide a supportive environment for change, they aren’t always the best people to hold us accountable, nor do they have the expertise to answer our questions. Having a professional support system on your weight loss journey can make the difference between long-term success and another failed diet. Questions come up when making lifestyle changes and we all certainly have obstacles. A weight loss professional will offer helpful strategies to push through those obstacles and hold you accountable to your goals.
4- Be patient and don’t fall for fads.
The latest and greatest fad diet which promises quick weight loss may sound tempting when you’re losing weight slowly but steadily. Make sure the plan you’ve chosen was developed by a licensed dietician or doctor and not a fad diet that could be unsafe or doesn’t align with your goals. Stick to your plan and remember that manageable lifestyle changes are the only ones that will result in long-term success.
5- Keep Track of Your Progress and Celebrate Successes.
Weight loss can be a long journey. While you may see big changes in the first few weeks of embarking on a new program, weight loss will eventually slow down. Make sure to keep track of your progress so you can see the transformation over time! This will motivate you to keep up the good work. When you hit a milestone, no matter how small, celebrate your success! Call three loved ones and let them congratulate you and share in your happiness.
With these 5 steps in place, you will be set up for long-term success. Make your next weight loss program the last one you’ll ever need!