A person needs to set small realistic weight loss goals that will keep them focused and motivated, for example (10 lbs. in 3 weeks instead of 10 lbs. in a week.) The small goals become the focus of a bigger plan for change.. in the meantime a person will learn new and healthier eating habits for a life time of the new you.
Making sure you use the right portion sizes for your meal can be huge! The average person will sabotage their meal by simply eating too much of a wrong food group. Portion sizes being served to most Americans now days are double if not tripled by what they were 20 years ago. It is true that the smaller portion sizes will help a person lose weight.
Well it is time to get moving! Research shows that people who find ways to keep moving, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking in the back of the parking lot instead of the front, have a higher chance of maintaining their weight.
Eat a little before you go to your holiday event, this way you won't be as hungry and the cravings won't be as bad! Also, if you are planning on traveling this holiday season pick up some healthy snacks for the road so you are less likely to be tempted by unhealthy options.
Maintain stress and emotions by focusing on new traditions or finding time for exercise rather than focusing on sugary foods that will still leave us feeling in the dumps. By relieving stress and getting rid of emotional eating you can work towards your goals.
Write it down and buddy up! Research shows that the most successful weight loss people made a list of their goals and placed it some place in their home where they would see it everyday. They also kept a daily log of their weight which researchers say is a great idea because it keeps you in check and makes it a lot easier to get rid of 3 lbs rather than the 15 lbs we can put on in the end. Also, find a friend to check in with from time to time in order to keep you on the right track. It is the idea of holding yourself accountable that will keep you from going over board.