By Deanna Lynn Sletten
For years you have been struggling to lose weight and keep it off and are frustrated that you never reach your goal weight on the scale. You've tried fad diets, starvation diets and diet programs, and even if you lose weight it slowly creeps back up on you after the diet is over. It is time to stop struggling with your weight and finally change some bad habits so you will have success reaching a healthy weight and staying there. If you are serious about losing weight for good, try these lifestyle changing tips.
Change Your Mindset In order to successfully lose weight and keep it off you have to stop thinking of "dieting" and start thinking "lifestyle". People who lose weight and keep it off do not live on a constant diet, they have made some simple lifestyle changes that helped them lose weight and control it.
So stop thinking that you have to deprive yourself of good tasting food to lose weight. You can still eat foods that you love, only in smaller portions, and add healthier foods into the mix.
Stop Counting Calories While counting calories does work, it is difficult for many people to do this for the rest of their lives. Instead, take a good look at everything you eat everyday and try cutting the portions down by one-third to one-half. By just eating a little less each day of the same foods you usually eat you will lose weight. Soon, your body will become used to eating less and it won't seem like a struggle at all.
Stop Weighing Yourself Obsessing about a number on a scale does more harm than good. How much you weigh does not reflect how healthy you are. For example, if you are eating less but have added exercise to your lifestyle, then you are slowly replacing fat with muscle. The scale shows you weigh the same yet your body looks leaner. If you must weigh yourself, only do it once a week so you don't obsess over the small daily changes.
Are You Really Hungry? When you reach for a snack during the day ask yourself if you are really hungry or just stressed or bored. So much of our bad eating habits occur when we get upset or are sitting in front of the television. By asking yourself that question, and giving yourself an honest answer, you may save yourself many from eating many calories.
Add Exercise to Your Life Exercising at least 3 days a week, 30 minutes at a time will help burn off those extra pounds faster than just eating less. You don't have to go out and join a gym or buy an expensive exercise machine. Take a walk, ride your bike or go to the local pool and swim a few laps. If you have weights, do some weight lifting for 10-20 minutes, 3 times a week to build muscle. You'll be surprised at how good you feel by adding movement to your lifestyle.
Eat Five Instead of Three Try eating five healthy small meals each day instead of three large ones. This helps to keep your energy level and metabolism up while keeping you from snacking on junk food in-between meals. You will feel less hungry during the day and have more energy.
Ignore what Other People Eat Just because the rail-thin person is eating a donut doesn't mean you should feel bad that you can't. Everyone has a different body make-up and different metabolism. You can't compare your eating habits with someone else's, so don't obsess over it. Besides, you can eat a donut occasionally; just try not to make a habit of it.
Don't Give Up on yourself too Easily Remember, this is a lifestyle change of eating healthier foods, smaller portions and adding exercise. It will take time to get used to changing your habits and time to lose all the weight that you want. If you stumble along the way, don't give up on yourself. Instead, remind yourself that you are in it for the long haul, that you have done well so far and that you are worth the work it takes to change your lifestyle.
Changing your attitude about weight loss will help you begin a new lifestyle so you can begin losing weight. Before long, you will reap the benefits of this lifestyle change and by the time you reach your ideal weight you will have lost the bad habits and be living your new, healthier lifestyle and stop struggling with your weight.
Stop Starving Yourself You can't starve yourself forever so it is silly to think a starvation diet will help you lose weight and keep it off. Besides, research shows that when you starve your body it goes into starvation mode and won't let go of the fat that you are so desperately trying to lose. By changing portion sizes and losing weight slowly, you will be more likely to keep it off for good.