We have all had some level of success with weight loss, fat loss and exercise. But some of us have not been able to keep pounds off forever. That is why diet plans and exercise gizmos sell so well. It is easy to drop the weight – starve yourself, exercise like a fiend, use body cleansers, etc. But wouldn’t it be nice to drop the weight, improve your outward and inward health, and not put it back on? Stress not, if you will follow a few simple steps, you will be able to keep pounds off forever.
Use Visual Reminders
This is one step most systems do not employ, but it is incredibly powerful. Find a picture of you as you want to be. Maybe an old college pic, or just take a current picture of your face and paste it on some athlete’s body. (I know, sounds silly, but it works.) Then take a picture of you now that is unflattering. Come on, you know you have one, or you would not be reading this article! Put them both in a place where you will see them frequently. If this is all you do, you will be amazed at how easy it will be to keep pounds off forever.
Get A Loved One Involved
Tell someone very close what your goals are for your weight loss, and get them involved. Human beings do not like to disappoint their families and friends. This will help hold you accountable, and it may even help your loved one change for the better as well.
Track and Review
Keep a simple pocket notebook with you stating your goals, and tracking your progress. You should constantly be reviewing your progress, making changes, and patting yourself on your back. This would also be a good place for those pictures of yourself. I had a friend who lost weight and kept it off for years, and she said simply tracking her actions and reviewing was the most important CONSISTENT step she took.
If your every thought and action focuses on your improved health and the benefits you will derive from your new body, it will be a cinch to keep pounds off forever. When you see a mouth-watering cheeseburger, think about your head on top of the top bun and your legs sticking out of the bottom. When you instinctively grab the remote control to turn the tv on, grab your ipod and go for a walk instead. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Talk about healthy activities, enter into a one mile run, even if you walk it, find others who think like you do. If you are planning to keep pounds off forever instead of short term, it must dominate your thinking. If you want it, it can happen.
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