Yes it’s true that a lot of people give up on their weight loss goals just a couple of weeks (if not a couple of days) into the New Year, but you don’t have to be one of them. Even if you’ve already reverted back to your pre-resolution ways, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still get back on track.
Here’s the thing, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to weight loss. Just as everyone gains weight for their own reasons, they also lose it for their own reasons and in their own way. That’s why you see success stories for every possible diet and exercise program out there. Something different works for everyone; you just have to find what works for you.
There are many things to consider when searching for a program that fits your needs, and you can read more about that here. But, until you find 'the one' that changes your world, here are some free and easy tools for your weight loss toolbox to keep you moving in the right direction:
Download an app. There are so many apps out there that help you track your food intake and log your exercise that you have a wide variety to choose from. For example, if you’re following the Atkins plan and watching your carbohydrate intake, they have a free Atkins Carb Tracker app to make the process easier. Or, MyFitnessPal also has a calorie tracker. Using an app will help keep you aware of your behaviors and hold you accountable – two key aspects of any successful weight loss program.
Subscribe to get weight loss articles sent directly to you. Why spend hours searching for diet and exercise information that will help you make positive changes when it can be delivered right to your doorstep (or email inbox)? Find someone that writes in a way that speaks to you and subscribe to their emails. No, maybe not every article will fit your needs, but even if you learn one or two different tips that help you in your weight loss journey, then you’ve lost nothing (except weight).
Search the internet for motivation. There are tons of people who have already achieved their goals and they’re usually more than willing to share their stories of inspiration and hope. Even if you don’t agree with their methods, their energy and drive may be enough to get you excited about wanting to feel the way they do. Search them out, learn about them and let them keep you motivated.
Create a challenge. If you’re addicted to The Biggest Loser, this may be a great weight loss tool for you! Get your inner competitor fired up and challenge a friend or two to see who can lose the most weight or gain the most muscle. The prize doesn’t have to be money oriented either. Maybe the winner gets a free night of babysitting provided by the losing competitors. Sometimes just the right to gloat is reward enough.
The point is that there are always things you can do to aid your weight loss until you find exactly what works for you. As the old saying goes, where there’s a will there’s a way. You just have to keep yourself moving toward your goal until you find the right plan that will fit your lifestyle and emotional needs along the way.
You don’t have to go about this alone. If you want tips and tricks or just simple words of encouragement and motivation, feel free to subscribe to these articles by clicking on the subscribe option above or below. What do you have to lose, other than some extra weight and the guilt and shame that usually go with it?