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Later this year, I’d like to go on a tropical vacation with my kids. I’m not sure if we will have the money for this but like to dream big. So, I want to start now to getting back to my goal weight. Over this past year I’ve gained back 12-15 pounds from where I was last year. I wasn’t focused and was doing some serious stress eating in 2019. One of the biggest challenges with losing weight is not just getting the weight off but also keeping it off. You might have lost weight before but soon put at least some of it back on when you weren’t watching every calorie.
Next time you decide to lose weight, here’s how you can do it and keep the weight off.
Set Goals for Yourself
Goals help you to achieve things in life, whether it’s losing weight or getting a promotion at work. When you set goals for your weight and your health, you will have something to focus on and work toward. With this in mind, you can’t just think about a goal. Write it down! I have a planner that a dear friend of mine gave me for 2020. I’m writing my goal to get back to my ideal weight and then will write the goal to stay at that weight through the rest of my planner. There is just something about having it written in black and white that helps you reach your goals.
Focus on Diet Changes, But Exercise Too
When it comes to losing weight, diet is the most important factor. Without making changes to your diet, you are likely to find your mission a struggle. However, exercise is important too, and it’s also good for your overall health. Find something you enjoy doing or otherwise you might give up and not exercise. I enjoy the sport of rock climbing. Some people like my neighbor love to walk and get up at 6am (YES IN THE MORNING) to get in exercise before starting her day. Combining the two helps you to make long-term changes.
Watch Your Weight
Weighing yourself all the time isn’t necessary, but it can be useful to weigh yourself once a week, every two weeks or even once a month. Keep a journal of how much you weigh to keep track of what is working or isn’t working in your habits. Weighing yourself or measuring yourself with a tape measure helps you keep an eye on your weight.
Don’t Be Tempted By Fad Diets
If you want to keep off the weight you lose, the worst thing you can do is to go on a short-term, fad diet. You might lose weight at first, but as soon as you stop the diet, you could put it back on. This can start a crazy cycle of yo-yo’ing your body’s weight which is hard on your health. Find what works for your lifestyle and stick to it.
Read more about why Fad Diets do more harm than good with this infographic from the University of Southern California below and good luck with getting healthy in 2020!
Infographic Design By University of Southern California