The Habits of Successful Weight Loss
The route to permanent weight loss is to make changes. Iíve found that when most people want to lose weight, they decide to go on a restrictive diet. This type of dieting calls for many changes at once and although most people are able to stick with this for a short while, they usually find they canít sustain it. Unfortunately, the feeling of failure creeps in and leaves us feeling worse than when we started to lose weight. Iíve found that many people who follow restrictive diets lose some self-esteem each time they feel theyíve failed. They have not failed, itís the system of restrictive dieting which has failed.
Permanent weight loss requires changes and these changes need to stay with you for the rest of your life. So whatís the point of even starting to follow a diet plan which you know will be difficult to sustain forever? I encourage you to make changes which will be easy to maintain. Start with small steps and build on them. Successful weight loss comes from actions you take on a daily basis. Developing healthy habits is the way to lose weight. It will be slower and it will take time, but the results will last. Surely this is what we all want?
Your weight loss will be achieved through your personal habits. These habits can be changed and supplemented. I encourage you this week to add one daily habit which will move you towards your goal of health and weight loss. This habit needs to become an integral part of your life which eventually happens naturally. You wonít need to think about it or make yourself do it. Youíll just do it.
Letís take a look at a habit we all do, probably without conscious thought or questioning it - brushing your teeth. Do you consider each morning whether you want to brush your teeth or not? Do you ask yourself whether you enjoy doing it? Is it exciting or unusual? Probably not! From an early age you developed the habit of cleaning your teeth and youíve carried on ever since. Itís this type of habit which you need to adopt when eating healthily and exercising. No excuses, just get on and do it.
Instead of tackling each different habit you have regarding eating and exercising, choose one to concentrate on. Keep doing it every day until itís such a habit that it comes naturally. Then you can add or change another habit. When youíve incorporated a habit into your life so that it becomes totally natural, youíll find itís easier to continue with it for the rest of your life. Youíll never need to start a restrictive diet again. How would that feel? Which single habit are you going to add to your day? Perhaps, you could
∑ choose a piece of fruit instead of biscuits with your cup of tea
∑ take a walk
∑ adopt a new exercise class or routine
∑ eat breakfast
∑ stop eating when youíre full, even if thereís still food on your plate.
Choose for yourself the one habit which you feel will be of benefit in your life, and commit to doing it every day for the next 40 days. This will give you a good chance of developing the habit and maintaining it. You can make such changes to your habits and I encourage you to get started. Your successful weight loss will come about because of what you do each day.
Wendy Hearn Weight Loss Success Coach
Author of "The Top 10 Things That Stop YOU From Losing Weight" http://www.PositiveWeightLoss.com
I work with people who want to lose weight and have a great life. I offer individual and group coaching, via the telephone or email. http://www.WeightLossCoaching.com
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