You may have resolved to lose weight several times in your life, but it’s easier said than done. We all love to think we are ready to start slimming down after making our annual resolution at the beginning of the year, but June creeps up surprisingly fast, and we all find that we need to kick it into high gear if we’re going to be swimsuit ready before we hit the pool.
However, the reason why it’s often so hard to lose weight isn’t because the formula to losing weight is so difficult, it’s because we often have several barriers to overcome before we are ready to lose weight. Here is how to overcome common barriers to weight loss.
Set Realistic Goals for Yourself
You may see the images of pop stars or body builders and imagine what it would be like to have a similar body, but when you set your weight loss goals, you want to be very realistic. You will not be able to safely lose more than about two pounds per week, so there’s no sense in expecting more of yourself than you can manage in a healthy way.
Change Your Diet
You can’t expect to lose any weight if you don’t adjust your diet. There are all kinds of fad diets out there that claim you can lose weight without changing what you eat, but none of them work for the long-term. If you want to see lasting change, then you need to alter the way that you eat. In general, you should cut out as many sources of refined sugar and saturated fat as possible. You should also avoid processed foods and increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Find a Workout Regimen You Enjoy
One of the greatest barriers to losing weight that most people have is that they don’t enjoy working out. However, it usually just takes time to discover what kinds of activities really get you excited. Whether it’s cycling, running, lifting weights, doing Pilates or playing racquetball, you want to find your calling. You might want to sign up for a membership at your local gym or YMCA and start exploring the different classes and programs available to you.
Incentivize Good Habits
You always want to make yourself look forward to something as a reward for your compliance with your diet and workout regimen. Choose one day of the week when you get to eat an ice cream bar, but don’t let yourself indulge unless you make it to the gym at least 3 times in the week. Or you can treat yourself to a little shopping spree at the mall when you successfully hit a weight loss milestone.
Keep Track of Your Progress
You won’t be able to see much improvement if you’re not paying attention to your progress. That’s why you want to make sure you’re tracking your weight by keeping a scale in your bathroom, and test your blood pressure at the drug store each week to see if you can detect any improvement. The more progress you make, the more encouraged you will feel, and the more motivated you will be to make more progress.