Let’s make one thing clear off the bat. Losing weight- especially in a healthy and safe way, is extremely difficult. Though it seems easy when we consider that it’s usually a combination of smart food choices and active living, once real life enters the equation, it becomes exponentially more complicated.
All the wise books and systems developed assume that the average person has a chance to cook dinner at home every night, works a regular 9-5 workday and is available to spend an hour or more daily doing specialized exercises. We know that the truth can be vastly different, with many people battling additional health problems, shift work or long hours, limited access to a kitchen, or little to no time or funds for an expensive exercise program.
However, it is possible.
Despite your work routine, your relationship status, your lifestyle, or your genetic predisposition, you are able to lose weight and reach your health goals. All you need is the right setup.
If you are struggling to integrate your weight loss into your life, create a holistic plan that will cover all your bases in a way that works for you.
Before you go shopping for your first “healthy haul” or buy a bunch of supplements, create goals that work for you. They should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and have a timeline attached to them. Depending on why you are looking to lose weight, you might want to set a number on the scale, a body part measurement or a body fat percentage as the measurable part of the goal and adjust the rest as needed.
Create a Plan
You are the master of your destiny and it’s time to create a plan to get you to your goal. Make sure that it is reasonable and sustainable, full of habits which are challenging but doable and can become components of your lifestyle. The internet is heavy laden with all sorts of inspirational material, from helpful forums to diet meal plans that are designed to offer delicious, balanced meals for weight loss. Make sure to address both the physical activity and dietary aspects of weight loss for a balanced approach. Play to your strengths and work with your weaknesses to put together a plan that caters to your life specifically.
Track Your Results
If you love technology and use it constantly throughout the day, tracking your food and exercise in an app might be a handy way to measure your results and progress. Chances are that your phone is never far from you and there are some great networks out there in which you publicly share your journey making yourself more accountable for your actions. Other people struggle with the thought of entering all this data into their mobile devices, and for you a better solution might just be journaling or the use of a chalk or white board at home. Instead of focusing all your efforts on tracking how close you are to your goal, spend the bulk of your time tracking your consistency with your game plan. You should only do weigh-ins or measurements once a week, and otherwise have the completion of your daily efforts as measurables.
Adjust as Necessary
Maybe you are finding that your plan doesn’t gel as well as you thought it would with your regular day-to-day schedule or that the results just aren’t there. Don’t abandon ship! Instead, adjust parts of your plan so that it better reflects you and makes it easier to put in place. Many people get discouraged and drop the idea altogether. In times when you are tempted to do this, think of all your efforts until now as training, and from now on you are in the main event. If you are truly confused, seek professional help from a medical professional who will be able to recommend specific adjustments for maximum results.
Sit in the driver’s seat of your weight loss journey and enable the change you would like to see in your health and in your body.