The hardest thing to do when beginning a weight loss program is to actually start.
So many things will cross your mind before you start, when you start, and along the way.
You’re probably going to think you’re starving. You’re probably going to think there is no way this is going to work out. But, know that your weight loss journey can absolutely be successful!
Nobody said your weight loss journey will be easy. Those first 10 pounds may fall off real easy, given it’s mostly water weight that is lost in the beginning, but what about the rest of the weight?
I have put together some tips that you can use to get started and keep you motivated, whether you see the results you want right away or not.
Tip #1 – Make sure you’re ready
Did you just have surgery? Did you just have a baby? Did you just go through a break up?
Are you really ready to do this or do you just think you are?
Perhaps you may have to get through a certain phase of your life first before you are ready to tackle a weight loss goal. You need to be focused emotionally, physically, and psychologically. If your mind is not 100% ready you may have trouble staying on track.
Tip #2 – Stay positive
Are you thinking positive? Or have you already set yourself up to fail?
Your mind is a very powerful tool. You can choose to use it to win or lose the race…the choice is totally up to you and no one else.
If you stay thinking positive thoughts you will have no choice but ti be successful.
Tip #3 – If possible, get some support
Support plays a HUGE role in achieving your goals.
Share your goals with the people that will truly help support you AND really hold you accountable. It is important to have someone that you feel safe in sharing those goals. This could be your spouse, a friend, a boss, a business partner, or even a coach…someone that is going to be sympathetic but to also call you out if you start making excuses…someone that isn’t nagging you, but that will help keep you aligned with your goals. Someone to help keep you encouraged.
Look to join a support group or a group coaching program. The more support you get the better for you. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help and be around like minded people.
It’s also better to have more than one point of support if you can. That way if one lets you down you have the other points of support to fall back on.
Tip #4 – Consider a detox first
Toxins are poisonous substances and are everywhere.
Toxins tend to get stored in fat cells, which is why you may see a reduction in weight if you complete a detox program.
Although detox programs should NOT be viewed solely as a weight loss method, often times a detox program can get you off to a great start because the extra weight in the form of toxins can be reduced and/or eliminated, especially since toxin build up can be the cause of some of the most common things we experience like fatigue, depression, headaches, lack of energy, frequent colds, brain fog, memory problems, hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies.
Toxin buildup can also exacerbate conditions that you already have like allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, fibromyalgia, fertility problems, birth defects, Parkinson’s, bone marrow cancers such as lymphomas, leukemia, and multiple myeloma, and auto-immune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Tip #5 – Be realistic
A detox program, as well as the first couple weeks of a weight loss program, may have you losing quite a few pounds. But, that is an expected exception. Once you get past that period, healthy weight loss should be 1-2 pounds a week, 1-3 pounds if you are considered extremely overwight/obese.
Not that you still can’t lose more than that, everyone is different, just don’t expect it. You could be setting yourself up for disappointment. One to two pounds a week may not sound like much, but slower is better and will increase your chances of keeping the weight off for good.
Tip #6 – Write it down
Got your goals? Are they written down? Writing them down makes them that much more real and increases your chances of actually reaching your goals.
Tip #7 – Remember your “why”
Always remember why you are starting your weight loss journey. It MUST be for you and you only. Not your mother, your father, your sister, your partner, your friend, your [fill in the blank].
Tip #8 – Take a break
If you get to a point where you want to give up, take a break and go pamper yourself, BUT not with food! Treat yourself to a spa day, new clothes or a new hairstyle for what you already achieved. Any amount of weight you lose is a great accomplishment and should be celebrated with a healthy new lifestyle item and a good boost in motivation to keep going.
Ready, set, go!
What are you waiting for? I said go, go, go!