I’ve been on a weight loss journey for about six months now. My weight had really gotten out of control these last few years and I was starting to experience some health problems as a result. For me, that’s been a pretty good motivator. Superficial things like wanting to look good or wear pretty clothes doesn’t get my attention as much as the idea of having to take medications I don’t want, or put up with unpleasant health issues from my weight. So I am putting my best tips together as much for myself as to help my readers.
The nice thing is that I have lots of information on exactly HOW to accomplish my weight loss goals. I am a huge reader and one of my favorite kind of books are what I call “brainy books”. Examples of this are Freakonomics, The Tipping Point, Predictably Irrational, Mindless Eating, and Change Anything. Yes – I’ve read ALL of these and probably about 10 more. I always pick up so many really cool tips, so I like to include them in posts to help me remember them.
In fact, right now I’m reading a book called Drunk Tank Pink. All of these books deal with research studies, motivation, and ways our brains react to stimuli. I think I must have been a brain researcher in a previous lifetime!
Tip #1: Select a few vital behaviors and focus on them.
Rather than making huge changes, and sweeping statements that you know you can’t follow-through on. Things like “I am going to go to the gym four times a week”. Or “I am NEVER eating fill in the blank, EVER again”. Those just don’t work.
Instead, focus on small, specific behaviors like:
- I will weigh myself every day
- I will track my points for every meal
- Switch to water instead of soda (more on that later)
Research has proven that these small goals are easier to achieve and have a longer lasting impact, though progress may be a bit slower with them.Research has proven that these small easy changes are easier to achieve for weight loss Click To Tweet
Tip #2: Find a support system.
I did do some poking around trying to find a good support system because I didn’t really want to “do” Weight Watchers again. I’ve been on it probably seven or eight times. While I have had some success with it – (I lost 25 pounds on WW just before my mother died, which I promptly gained back and more due to emotional eating). I just never really stuck with it after the first few weeks. But I just couldn’t find a better alternative. So yes, my support system is Weight Watchers. I knew that I needed some structure and accountability to keep me on track. However, there was one important difference this time and that brings me to tip #3.
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