Losing weight has just as much to do with managing your emotions, mindset and your daily habits as it has to do with your food intake and exercise regimen. About two-thirds of my weight loss failures in the past 2 years can be attributed directly to my binge-eating habits—whatever weight I would lose would eventually come back. When I overcame the tendency to binge eat whatever was in sight, I started seeing the pounds drop off—and they dropped off fast! Here are 7 simple tips that have helped me manage my emotion, change my mindset and lose 30 pounds along the way.
1. Accept that weight loss is a process and it takes time
You needn’t be ashamed of how your body looks currently. You know that this isn’t permanent—and you know that you will get your body to where you want it to be—all you need is some time. Accept that you won’t lose the weight all at once—which is a good thing because losing weight too quickly means you’re not forming new and improved habits and it certainly doesn’t help you override the routine that had allowed your weight to creep up in the first place. The key to lasting weight loss is to build new habits one at a time—and for that it is a process and processes take time. When you keep this in mind, you won’t get frustrated when the scale does not move for days.
2. Exercise first thing in the morning
You can do additional cardio or weight lifting later in the day, but 10 to 20 minutes of exercise in the morning makes a huge difference. You will feel great about yourself right at the beginning of your day, which is a great place to start. I know you might be thinking you don’t have the time, but we never have the time. We have to create it.
3. Be consistent
Contrary to what people may have told you, your old habits will always be there—it’s just a part of you. So in order to create lasting change, you must create new habits. Then make these new habits part of your daily routine. If you don’t do this, you will slip back into your old ways—because that is what your brain is comfortable with. Also, make small changes instead of huge sweeping ones. When you go from 0 to 100, you will get exhausted and burn out. Think of how you feel when you sprint. That level isn’t sustainable long-term. Remember, as the saying goes, it takes 21 days to form a habit and 90 days to make it a lifestyle.
4. Always keep a healthy snack with you
I love protein bars because they feel like a treat. You know those days when you don’t end up having lunch when you were supposed to? This is when having a snack handy can work wonders. I’m usually a bit hungry and tired from the day, which leads to moments of weakness. If I don’t have something healthy nearby, I will most likely reach for foods I shouldn’t.
5. Prepare on Sundays
Get all of your food ready for the week over the weekend. Do your grocery shopping and cook your meals. You can keep some in the fridge to eat within a day or two, then freeze the rest. There is nothing better than coming home from a long day of work and only having to heat up your dinner since it is already prepared.
6. Drink plenty of water
You’ve probably heard it more than once: drinking more water will help you lose more weight. Drinking water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant. Also, drinking more water helps your body stop retaining water, leading you to drop those extra pounds of water weight. Make sure you drink recommended eight to ten eight-ounce glasses per day to keep yourself hydrated.
7. The 2-Week Diet
After failing at many attempts to lose weight, I had resigned to the fact that I would be overweight for the rest of my life. I had no structure, no discipline and truthfully I was just sick and tired of going through the process again knowing that I would fall back into my old weight in a matter of weeks.
Then a friend recommended that I jumpstart my weight loss journey with the 2 Week Diet program. The 2 Week Diet is a little known diet plan that gives a person (especially someone like me) the structure and discipline to shed weight permanently—and it starts you off on the right foot by helping you shed a lot of weight in the first 14 days. I lost a total of 16 pounds in my first 14 days and with the tools and techniques taught by the program, I have continued to lose weight. I am proud to announce that I have now lost 30 pounds since starting the 2 Week Diet two months ago.
All the tools and techniques taught in the 2 Week Diet are backed by science—what I like the best with this program is that it only has a few smart, easy-to-follow guidelines—that have produced superior results for myself. If you are like me and need a jumpstart with your weight loss journey, check out the 2 Week Diet Plan now.