There are many factors that determine the success or failure of your weight loss goals. Fortunately, the road to success is often paved with many simple steps. When you break down the process and approach it with that mindset, it can really help to make your weight loss easier.
1. Set small goals: Most people are unable to achieve their weight loss goals because they always think big. There is nothing wrong with thinking big, but don’t make your goals so big that they become overwhelming and intimidating! Don’t stretch your weight loss goals so far that you feel tempted to quit altogether! Start slow and you will see how easy it is to shed those obstinate pounds!
The same holds true with your eating habits. Instead of trying to cut down on your junk food intake entirely, try to replace one junk food with one good food. If you eat white breads, replace that with wholegrain wheat breads. Or substitute a small handful of almonds or some popcorn for salty, greasy potato chips. Replace one item a day and before long, you’ll be suprised how little junk food you eat on a regular basis.
2. Replace bad habits with good ones: Remember that you gained weight because of certain bad habits. Ideally you should break those old habits in order to lose weight, but breaking an old habit is easier said than done. What you can do instead is modify your bad habit enough so that it becomes a good, healthy habit.
If you are like most people, you have a habit of snacking in the afternoon. Instead of trying to break your afternoon snacking habit, try to replace the snack itself!. If you eat chocolate or cookies as snacks, replace them with low-fat yogurt and raw fruits!
3. Get rid of temptations: Unless you learn to control your temptations, you won’t be able to lose weight successfully. One overwhelming temptation most people suffer from is food and food cravings. Whenever you are tempted to eat, do something that would distract you from the thought of food. You can do anything such as dancing, driving, walking around your house, doing some sit-ups, or drinking a glass of water. All of these things will help keep those continuous food cravings at bay!