There are so many weight loss success stories out there and they come from all different types of programs. Many of these stories are awesome motivators, but you still have those that promote fad diets or “fast and easy” solutions.
I am not a big TV watcher, but one show that I do watch is the Biggest Loser. Now, I don’t like everything about that show. I feel a lot of what they show about the weight loss journey of these contestants paints a “you have to take it to the extreme to lose weight”.
I think this show turns off a lot of people to doing the lifestyle change plan for weight loss instead of one of those other lose weight quick programs out there.
What I do like about this show, however, is that it teaches weight loss is all about living a healthy lifestyle and making those changes necessary that you can keep the weight off for good.
As a nurse, I am a big promoter of healthy lifestyle changes to help people prevent or even reverse diseases. I do not back any of those products out there that promote weight loss for the quick course of the program. A person with these plans just puts the weight back on and then some. This is even worse for your health and risk of developing diseases than just maintaining an obese weight.
Sorry to break it to you, but in order to reach a healthy weight and to live healthy and fit for life, there is no easy solution. It takes a full lifestyle change. I am here to help you do just that!
Here are 7 Steps to Becoming a Weight Loss Success Story (FOR LIFE!):
Make a Commitment
How are you going to stick with your weight loss plan if you are not committed? It is very easy to find and use all the excuses in the book when you are not putting your weight loss plan as a life priority. If you keep saying you don’t have time, what are you putting as a priority over your weight loss plan? You will have time for anything you deem as important to your life. Are you ready to go all in and make the commitment to change your lifestyle habits so you can become and stay healthy and fit for life?
Set Realistic Goals
What is a weight loss plan without goals? How are you going to know how much you want to lose and in what time frame? A good rule of thumb for healthy lifestyle weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week. If you have quite a bit to lose, you might find yourself losing more than that each week in the beginning. Do not get discouraged if you don’t maintain those huge 10 pound numbers like they do on the Biggest Loser. Remember, even on that show where they are doing heavy duty workouts and eating plans, they still have weeks where they just lose a pound or 2.
Support is huge for sticking with your weight loss plan. It is important to choose an accountability partner that shares your need to make your plan a priority. They don’t need to be doing it with you, but they need to support you. You will want someone that will be a positive support and not put your current weight or lifestyle changes down. If you can’t find someone to take that role for you, feel free to join my community on Facebook or email me. I would love to help you make the changes and stick with them!
Find Your Motivation
Your success in reaching your weight loss goals rests in your ability to take 100% responsibility. It is all you who will be eating healthier food, getting more active, and making the lifelong changes. It is your responsibility for being where you are at and getting to where you want to go. People around you can be there to help support you, but it is all up to you with deciding how much you are motivated to get healthy for life. What is going to keep you motivated?
Weight Loss Resources
Find some great healthy lifestyle weight loss resources. There are a lot of books out there on weight loss. If you want to make the changes for lifelong health, I definitely recommend “Eat to Live” by Dr. Fuhrman for a healthy eating plan. Check out more blog posts here on my blog for some more great tips for how to eat healthy and exercise for a healthy lifestyle. I wrote a blog post about the Nutritarian Diet here. Remember, a healthy lifestyle and lifelong weight loss is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise so don’t forget to find DVDs, join a class at the gym, or find activities that will get you exercising!
Determine your plan of attack. What changes are you going to make or need to make to your diet in order to make it healthy and adequate to stick with for life? How can you fit more activities into your daily life? Don’t feel you have to do some of those extreme fitness programs out there in order to lose weight. The plan should reflect more about your lifelong plan to stay healthy and fit and less about just losing weight to go back to your old ways. What changes are you going to make?
The Lifestyle Mindset
The last step involves transferring everything you currently think about weight loss from the short term goal of fitting in those skinny jeans (which is important when you have a big event coming up!) and start thinking in the long-term. What do you need to do in order to prevent disease throughout your life? What do you need to do stay healthy and fit for life? Start thinking about a complete healthy lifestyle makeover!
Become a weight loss success story, but do it the healthy way! Your goal should focus on maintaining a healthy life and less on quick and easy weight loss.
Question of the day: What is your weight loss goal and plan of action? Leave a comment below…