The Trick To Losing Weight? Staying Accountable. Let Me Show You How

Uncategorized Apr 19, 2020

According to research, the number one new year's resolution for women is to lose weight, right after getting in shape. A study published in Obesity Reviews “suggests that, while exercise is essential for overall health and keeping weight off, it isn't actually that useful for weight loss.” The bottom line: To lose weight, you must focus on cutting calories and exercising. Though you will have to stick to it as much as you can. Only consistency will get you there. But how can you stay accountable? Here are some tips you can use to reach your goals and enjoy the process because, at the end of the line, you want to be able to sustain the change permanently.

 
Having water conveniently around your place of work is an easy way to stay hydrated throughout the day. Photo credit: @LARQ

Having water conveniently around your place of work is an easy way to stay hydrated throughout the day. Photo credit: @LARQ

 

  1. Dust off your scale: check your progress -or lack of it- by doing weekly weigh-ins. A good recommendation is to hire an accountability service, where you have to send your weekly check-ins to a certified coach.

  2. Measure yourself and take a selfie: Be brave and honest. The best way to check your progress or lack of it is by measuring in crucial areas of your body. Combining that with the scale and you will be able to know what's going well and what's not. Whatever isn't working, whether it's motivation, mindset, exercise or nutrition- you can fix it. Or you can find someone to help you fix it.

  3. Find a buddy: look for someone who will have your back and hold you responsible and motivated to keep up your routine and commitments. This person has to be willing to whip you up if you begin to lose track.

4. Make it SMART: Setting SMART goals means you can clarify your ideas. They have to be specific, measurable, achievable, reachable and timed. For example, I want to lose 5kgs in the next 5 weeks so I can be ready for my friend's wedding is a much smarter goal than I want to lose 20 kgs in two weeks.

5. Make it convenient: if you want to eat better, then make sure you stock up your fridge with healthy stuff. Throw away anything unhealthy and keep healthy snack and water handy and near you.

6. Write it down: take 5 minutes a day to write down your daily goals, gratitude and keep checking your progress. Write your resolutions in the journal and keep checking in on them. Science has proven than when you write it down, you are more likely to continue and not forget your original resolution.

7. Be mindful: to yourself! Expect to break your “healthy” streak 20% of the time. Nobody is perfect. By allowing you to forgive yourself when you break your new practices, you will be learning from each mistake. Pretty soon, it will become a habit and a lifestyle.

8. Be realistic: enjoying a glass of wine with your partner or some friends, or maybe having a beer while watching a game or having a delicious burger once in a while is completely normal and it’s ok. Just keep an 80/20 rule. Be good 80% of the time.

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