If you’ve tried and failed to lose weight before, you may believe that diets don’t work for you and you’re probably right. Maintaining a healthy weight can be tough, losing weight can be even tougher.
Most diets don’t work in the long term, but there are plenty of small but powerful ways to avoid common dieting pitfalls, achieve lasting weight loss success, and develop a healthier relationship with food.
- Think about weight loss as a permanent lifestyle change, a commitment to replace high-calorie foods with healthier, lower calorie alternatives, reduce your portion sizes, and become more active. Permanent changes in your lifestyle and food choices are what will work in the long run.
- Aim to lose one to two pounds a week to ensure healthy weight loss. Losing weight too fast can make you feel sluggish, drained, and sick. When you drop a lot of weight quickly, you’re actually losing mostly water and muscle, rather than fat.
- Short-term goals, like wanting to fit into a bikini for the summer, may work in the short term, but longer term goals like wanting to feel more confident, boost your mood, or become healthier for your children’s sakes are more likely to keep you motivated.
- Keep a food journal and weigh yourself regularly, keeping track of each pound and inch you lose. By keeping track of your weight loss efforts, you’ll see the results in black and white, which will help you stay motivated.
- It may help to consider your weight loss over a month rather than getting disheartened after a disappointing week.