Never Diet Again: 10 Sustainable Weight-Loss Tips

There’s no fad diet or miracle pill that will change your body overnight| but losing weight is within your reach it just might take a little longer than you’d like. Consider this: when you lose weight at a slow and healthy pace| you’ll be more likely to keep it off for good. If you’re done with the days of yo-yo dieting| these 10 tips are the emotional stepping stones to a healthier lifestyle.

    Start small: Chances are| if in the past| you’ve tried to change everything all at once| few of your intentions have stuck for good. The answer to staying committed for the long haul is to start small. Make one positive shift every week| instead of overwhelming yourself with a bunch of changes at once.Find out what fuels you: Whatever your true motivation is| tap into it| and use it. Is it about fitting into a ton of clothes tucked away in the back of your closet? Is it about being lighter and more active| so you can run around outside with your kids? Getting serious about your long-term goals will keep you committed to your lifestyle change.Don’t focus on deprivation: According to celebrity trainer Heidi Powell| anytime you deprive yourself of food| or of anything| “all you want is what you can’t have!” Take your mind-set away from sacrifice and start celebrating the fact that you’re cultivating a healthier| happier| more energized life.Learn to love consistency: When you have a regular mealtime schedule and fridge full of fresh produce and healthy staples| making choices that support your goals won’t feel like a constant battle. Remember| this isn’t a quick fix this is a lifestyle change. After a few weeks| these things will feel like second nature.Find healthy foods you love: It’s true! Healthy food that supports weight loss can also be delicious! If you’ve been on a solid sugar- and salt-laden diet for years| it will take a little getting used to. But sooner than you think| those cravings start to dissipate| and clean| natural foods sound much more palatable.Seek out exercise you enjoy: Heading to the gym shouldn’t feel like pulling teeth. Keep on trying new group fitness classes| cardio machines| and different styles of exercise. When you find that one activity that flies by and feels like fun| you’ll know you’ve met your match.Plan ahead for indulgences whenever possible: Occasionally enjoying a sweet treat or special meal out are essential parts of sustainable weight-loss plan. When you know you’re going to want a burger at your BBQ or an ice cream cone when you’re at the beach next weekend| keep your diet extra clean leading up to your special indulgence. It will make the whole experience that much sweeter.Have compassion for yourself: Sometimes| we’re triggered by foods around us| we haven’t planned ahead| and slipups happen. Instead of being hard on yourself after eating a food that’s “off-limits|” forgive yourself| and move on. When you treat yourself with kindness| you’ll be able to bounce back and stay on track. Let’s skip the downward spiral of a whole day (or week) filled with junk food| shall we?Keep setting new goals: As you’re evolving and progressing on your weight-loss journey| your goals have got to keep up! There’s so much to celebrate beyond that number on the scale| and setting specific and personal minigoals like training for a race (or slipping into that pair of old jeans) will help you stay connected.Picture the new you: If you’ve struggled with your weight for a long time| it can be hard to visualize a new| healthier life. You might not be able to find the words right now| but creating a tangible reminder| like a healthy vision board covered in inspirational images| will help you start to recognize what your dreams look like.

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