Making dietary changes, exercising more often and weight loss in general requires a commitment. For many people who try to lose weight, a half-hearted commitment can mean dieting again and again without ever achieving the progress ultimately desired. For those who have made the commitment but struggle, like even professional athletes do with staying motivated, we’ve got a few tips to help you get the body you want. If you have personal body shaping or diet goals in mind, here are 4 tips on how to get exactly where you want to be.
Don’t make the mistake of setting the bar too low. While setting realistic, attainable goals can help you succeed with your weight loss or body-shaping efforts, expecting too little of yourself you set the stage for excuses. By not setting the bar high enough, you might lose motivation because you simply aren’t challenging yourself enough. Never underestimate yourself, the sky’s the limit.
Testing your willpower is a common mistake of dieters. It’s easy to think that while dieting you can turn down a piece of cake at the company barbeque but in reality, when you diet you practice resisting the foods and actions that you desire. By doing this, it’s possible to burn out your willpower leaving your strength depleted in the face of temptation. Steer clear of all trigger foods including foods that are sugary, covered in icing or fried foods, especially in the beginning.
Don’t be a People-Pleaser
It’s so easy to eat the entire box of popcorn when someone else has their hand in there at the movie theater. A recent study at Case Western Reserve University evaluated over 100 students based on personality and background. Experimenters ate a small handful of M&M’s and then offered the bowl to each participant. The participants that scored highest in the people-pleasing sections of the evaluations, ate the most M&M’s. Turning down a cookie from a friend, or co-worker when they are offered as a friendly gesture is difficult and turning the offer down can sometimes be perceived as an insult. But don’t make the mistake of eating just to be polite, it could cost you tons of calories.(1)
Keep Good Track, Stay on Track
Your weight loss success really counts on one thing: burning more calories than you consume. You can’t just assume that you can guess or estimate your calorie intake and lose weight. Keep a weight loss journal to help keep track of your calorie intake and your fitness routines so you can get an idea of how many calories you burn in a day, week, and month. By creating a caloric deficit, you will lose weight but keeping track of the intake and output is essential to your weight loss success.
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