Starting a diet is easy. I’ve started at least three dozen over the past 40 years.
You want something tough? Try sticking to a diet!
There are many reasons we veer off track. But I think the biggest reason may be the dreaded lack of perceived progress. It could be a scale needle that refuses to budge or a dress size that just won’t drop.
Well, let’s end this frustration once and for all. Here’s a kickstart: five proven ways to boost your weight loss resolve.
1. Work in a little time for a workout
You don’t have to invest a lot of time or money to get in better shape. A couple of 15-minute exercise periods or maybe a long walk or bike ride can fit the bill.
We make time for our favorite TV shows or our children’s activities so why can’t we find time for fitness? It isn’t fun getting out of bed earlier than you need to, but it’s worth it in the long run.
A healthy diet remains the best way to lose weight but adding exercise to the mix ramps up the progress by burning extra calories and firing up your metabolism!
2. Change your thinking
It’s time to stop equating a diet with deprivation. There are plenty of great-tasting and extremely satisfying foods that fit into the best diet plans. You’ll eat better — and more often — once you broaden your menu options. You’ll even have room for the occasional treat.
3. Sleep it off
Researchers say that people who get fewer than six hours of sleep nightly are more likely to struggle with weight. By making eight hours of sleep a priority, you’ll feel rejuvenated and reenergized — and that can fuel your desire for physical activity. So, make a vow right now to turn off the TV and hit the sack an hour or two earlier tonight.
4. Be SMART, set goals
Failing to plan is planning to fail. No truer words have been linked to weight loss. This time around, try a SMART approach by setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable and have a Realistic Timetable.
Instead of saying “I want to lose weight,” say “I will lose 2 pounds a week for the next three months!” Turn your goals into realities by seeking help from a registered dietitian, creating a personalized diet plan, and by clipping on a pedometer and working your way up to 10,000 steps daily. Also, measure your progress online or in a journal that you keep by your bed. Review your progress regularly and revamp as needed to stay the course.
5. Adjust your menu
Eat more plants and less red meat. For starters, you’ll get less saturated fat and cholesterol. You’ll also increase your intake of fiber and phytonutrients – and that helps lower your risk for heart disease. Add in some canned salmon or sardines and you’ll boost your intake of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.