You know you want to lose weight so you feel better physically and mentally, but you don't quite know how to put a plan in action.
Relax. It's time to stop stressing and to start losing.
Like any project in life, you need a workable game plan to lose weight and keep it off. But before you even draw up your plan, you need to be in the right frame of mind.
A good friend of mine, who happens to be a top weight loss psychologist, is fond of saying: "You can't change your weight until you change your mind."
What he means by that is you are more likely to stumble and fall if your mind isn't totally wrapped around a healthy new lifestyle -- the kind of lifestyle needed to lose weight and improve your health.
Here are the four steps to starting a diet that will work for you:
1. Take a pledge.
This pledge can be something as simple as a written note, signed by you and stating "I WILL lose weight this time and I WILL feel better. I am doing this because I want to ________ (fill in the blank with as many reasons as you can think of). And I WILL lose the weight in a safe manner. My starting weight is ______; by ________, I will drop ____ pounds. My goal weight is _______ and I WILL reach it by __________."
Write up a pledge like this, keeping it positive and specific. There's nothing that spells dieting doom than an open-ended dictate such as "I want to lose weight." Post your Pledge on the fridge or bathroom mirror so you will see it several times a day. It helps reinforce what you are doing... and why!
2. House cleaning.
No, we're not talking about dusting and vacuuming. We're talking about going through your pantry, fridge and cupboards and tossing the packaged goods that do no good to your body or weight. Fresh fruits and veggies can stay; so too can the junk-free yogurts and cheeses. All high-sugar, high-sodium treats and snacks -- the kinds with hydrogenated oils -- must go!
3. The write stuff.
Start a food journal and keep track of every bite you eat. Thinking you are too old or too busy to keep a diary? Think again. Studies have shown that dieters who kept track of their food lost twice the weight as those who didn't. Write on, slimmer!
4. Seek out support.
When it comes to effective weight loss, you shouldn't go it alone. There is safety in numbers. And it sure helps to have someone to turn to when those cravings rear their ugly head... and they will. Where to turn for support? Friends and family members are good first choices. So too are co-workers and members of your church or civic organizations you might belong to. We can't say enough about online support... support like that found right here at Diet.com.
Follow this advice and you've set yourself to have a fighting chance at weight loss.
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