When it comes to losing weight, our main focus is often on diet and nutrition. Calorie counting, and monitoring our fat, protein and carb intake is the normal thing to do when you’re keen to drop the pounds.
There is so much information out there about “the best” diets that it can be really overwhelming. Whilst food is obviously an essential part of weight loss, it’s also important that we don’t forget that exercise and developing a healthy lifestyle through the development of habits is also crucial.
The key to managing the pressure of all of this – and I know, it’s not an easy thing to do – is to change the way that you think. Your mental power is the most important thing and the following 5 methods will help you make changes and ultimately help you lose weight.
- Set Yourself a Goal:
When it comes to goal setting you need to think of the following 3 keywords: Specific, Achievable and Feedback.Specific: The more exact or precise the goal, the more likely you are to reach it.
Achievable: It’s good to be determined, but you also need to make sure your goals are realistic or you’ll be put off.
Feedback: Monitoring your progress over time can give you the encouragement that you need to keep pushing forward.
- Boost Your Self Awareness
It’s essential to keep track of what you are doing. This is not about feeling bad if you fail to reach a goal but is more about seeing what triggers you think of as “failure”. Note down your workouts and your food for the day (and be honest about it!). When you see it in black and white, it will become clear where you could make the improvements.
- Seek Advice
You don’t have to go through this alone. It can be very useful to talk to a personal trainer about the ideal workout routine for you, or to a nutritionist who can give you top tips on food for your new lifestyle. Health professionals will be able to put you on the right path.
- Positive Mental Attitude
When you have a positive mindset and a strong belief that you CAN do something, success is even more achievable. By following your goal-setting method and achieving small steps towards your goal you are going to feel even more motivated to continue. If you’re just getting started on your journey or feel like you have a lack of motivation, then ask friends and family to cheer you on – they’ll be super supportive!
- Motivational Rewards
If your business offers to pay for your gym membership, make the most of it. If you see that a local personal trainer is offering a special discount – jump on board and get started with your new life. If you want to reward yourself after reaching different milestones, then you can- it doesn’t always have to be about food. New workout clothes or even a day trip to your favourite beach can be a great way to give you a push towards achieving even more.