Are you new to the weight loss game? While everyone knows what weight loss is all about in general, most people don’t know there’s more to it than just what they’ve heard, until they get into it and realize weight loss is not for everyone ‘’after all.’’
Learning the hard way is not fun, especially when you were very optimistic from the onset; so within this article we have compiled some key things you need to understand before embarking on your weight-loss journey.
1.Your lifestyle has to support any changes you make
You might get so enthusiastic about losing weight, but if your plan is going to work long-term, you’ll need to have a real understanding of your lifestyle and what it can accommodate. For instance, if your eating plan requires a lot of cooking, can you see yourself keeping with it six months from now? So maybe you might have to resort to a meal-delivery system – but can you really afford it?
2. You don’t have to be perfect
Give yourself credit for making positive changes, no matter how small they are, or how far you are from so-called perfect. The point isn’t perfection, it’s improvement. One question you’ll need to constantly ask yourself is, “What can I do today that’s better than yesterday?”
3. You can’t stop once you lose the weight
There’s no finish line or graduation day when losing weight. So yes, your plans may change slightly when you are trying to keep your weight stable as opposed to losing it , but whatever you did to lose, you need to keep doing to some degree, in order to maintain. If you return to your old habits, you’ll just see the weight come back.
4. Just because a food is healthy doesn’t mean you can eat all you want
Perhaps you are thinking it’s quite okay to eat unlimited amounts of certain foods just because they’re nutritious. While it’s great to incorporate calorie- and fat-rich superfoods such as olive oil, nuts, and avocado into your diet, remember that a calorie is still a calorie—so you must pay attention to your what you are eating.
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