People who have yo-yo dieted know what it feels like to have high expectations for permanent weight loss only to have their hopes shattered by a bad day. The following 5 weight loss strategies can help you if you have reached a plateau, decided to get back on the diet wagon after falling off or want to start a fresh weight loss plan.
Weight Loss Strategy No. 1
Set realistic goals. If you tell yourself you need to lose 60 pounds, you may always feel frustrated.
Set more realistic, short-term goals. After losing 20 pounds of fat you may find you are fitting into smaller clothes. Don’t let a number on the scale define who you are.
Weight Loss Strategy No. 2
Feed your body. Your second weight loss strategy may seem as though it contradicts the starvation diet mentality. It does! Your diet should not leave you feeling deprived. Eat healthful foods when you are hungry to lose weight.
Weight Loss Strategy No. 3
Be happy with who you are. Never go on a diet in an attempt to look like a movie star or compete with a friend or relative who is thin.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle because you want to live longer and be happier. You can’t judge a person’s character by how much they weight on the scale.
Scales are for fishes, not people. However, you can take pride in eating well and exercising.
Weight Loss Strategy No. 4
Adopt a lifestyle fitness program, not a fad diet. The biggest mistake you can make when you go on a diet is thinking you can go back to your old habits in a week, two weeks or a few months.
Whatever you are doing to lose weight should be easy enough to maintain for the rest of your life.
If you don’t think you can stick to it forever, look for a different approach.
Weight Loss Strategy No. 5
Exercise to burn fat, but don’t think you can overeat just because you exercised.
When people start a new exercise plan, they often want to be rewarded with a big meal.
Exercising is not a license to eat anything you want. While it’s true athletes can eat more because they have more lean muscle mass, you don’t become an athlete with one aerobic class or after a week of jogging through your neighborhood.
Exercise can increase your appetite if you have a high percentage of body fat. In contrast, when athletes exercise their appetite is suppressed because they have more fat-releasing enzymes.
Start by exercising at a slow to moderate pace so you won’t be tempted to overeat.