Losing weight is hard.
Maintaining that weight loss over the course of several years is even harder.
Because of this people will often find themselves on what we like to call the diet roller coaster.
They go on one diet, lose some weight, quit that diet, and start another diet a few months later. Its yo-yo dieting at its finest.
Since you are reading this article chances are you are tired of the diet roller coaster.
You are ready to take complete control of your life and lose the weight for good.
If that’s you keep reading as we are going to share a few tips that will help you get off the diet roller coaster and achieve lasting weight loss.
Choose a Lifestyle Plan (not a diet)
Do you know why almost every diet fails? Because they are too restrictive.
There is no way you can maintain a diet that requires you to completely eliminate carbs. At some point you will crack and overindulge.
In order for weight loss to be a success, you must learn how to eat.
When it boils down to it losing weight is a numbers game. As long as you burn more calories than you consume you will lose weight.
Instead of eating a ridiculously low number of calories, you should instead focus on finding a healthy eating plan that you will be able to stick with for the rest of your life.
This is how you will achieve sustainable weight loss.
Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
If you are serious about achieving sustainable, long term weight loss you will have to change the way you eat.
There is no way around this.
Instead of filling your cupboards with highly processed foods such cookies and chips, fill your fridge with apples, blueberries, and pineapples.
Not only are fruits and vegetables packed with vitamins and minerals, but they are also very low in calories.
So not only will they fill you up, but they will do so without causing your waistline to expand.
Never Stop Exercising
Far too many people start an exercise regimen only to quit once they reach their target weight.
This of course is the wrong approach.
There is a quote that says, “Fitness is not a destination, its a way of life.”
In other words, there is no finish line. You don’t reach a certain point and just stop.
Once you reach your weight loss goal it is vital that you continue working out and eating healthy.
If you slack off and fall back into your old habits you will gain all your weight back within a few months.
Have a Good Support System In Place
Having a good support system can literally make or break your weight loss results. Losing weight is already a challenge for most people.
When you don’t have proper support the process becomes even more difficult.
If you can, try to surround yourself with people who you know will support you throughout your journey.
Don’t be afraid to share with your friends and family that you are trying to lose weight and improve your health.
You might be pleasantly surprised with how many of them with support you.
If you don’t have people in your life who will support you, consider joining a fitness group on Facebook.
Many of these groups have thousands of members who will be more than happy to provide you with the support you need as you embark on your weight loss journey.
Understand That You Will Make Mistakes
You are human.
That means you are bound to make mistakes from time to time.
There are very few people that eat 100% healthy, 100% of the time.
Yes we encourage you to stick with a healthy diet and exercise regimen, but we also encourage you to indulge in your favorite junk food from time to time.
If for some reason you go overboard, don’t beat yourself up.
Just refocus and get back on track the very next day.
As long as you keep moving forward you will continue to make progress.
And at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.
If you have been on the diet roller coaster in the past, you know just how difficult that path can be.
Instead of jumping from one fad diet to the next, start implementing the tips above into your everyday life.
Once you make health and fitness a lifestyle you will be surprised how things start to fall in place.
Do your best to educate yourself on how to eat healthy and how to workout to reach your goals.
Once armed with the correct knowledge the journey will become a lot smoother.
Not saying it will be any easier, but knowing what to do, and what not to do, will help you reach your goals that much quicker.