It’s one thing to lose weight. It’s quite another thing to keep it off. I know because I used to be a yo-yo dieter myself. I used to take the wrong approach to dieting. I would view a diet as something only temporary. Then, I reasoned I could revert back to my old way of living. That was part of the problem right there. The biggest factor that will determine your ability to keep the fat off is sticking to your plan. If you take drastic and often unhealthy measures to drop the pounds, what makes you think you’ll be able to maintain it? Once I educated myself, I slowly began to put the pieces of the puzzle together. And I’m glad to say it’s working! I reached and have even passed my goal weight, all while eating foods I enjoy. Now let me share with you 7 keys to permanent weight loss:
1. Create New Habits
If you have been living a certain way all of your life, it can be quite challenging to change things up. The changes don’t need to be depressing, but rather different. For example, instead of having lasagna for dinner you can have a marinated, seasoned chicken breast with rice. Or you could have 4 ounces of steak and a baked potato on the barbecue. Do you see what I mean? All it takes is a slight shift of focus.
2. Change Your Thinking
Think of what you are getting rather than what you’re losing. Most people have it backwards. Focusing on the wrong thing will only make you gravitate towards it. Instead of thinking things like “I can’t have a brownie” think, “I love the way I look and feel right now!” Everything starts in the mind. Be positive and health conscious and everything else will fall into place.
3. Eat Foods You Like
Nothing can kill your long-term progress faster than dreading mealtime. Just because you think a certain food is healthy for you doesn’t mean you have to eat it. There are literally hundreds of foods that you can substitute for one another. You will find many consisting of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. All it takes is a little research and planning. It’s better to eat healthy foods you like and make progress rather than be too strict and end up quitting. The longer you live a healthy lifestyle, the more interesting and tasty food recipes and combinations you will find. You can find plenty on YouTube.
4. Do Some Type of Resistance Training
Weight training is one of best-kept secrets to long-term weight loss success! It’s not merely for bodybuilders. If you really want amazing results try full body workouts 2-3 times per week. They are very intense but after that your metabolism will be jacked! There is what is called after burn, meaning that your metabolism will stay higher for 24-48 hours after each workout. Especially if you do the compound movements like squats, bench presses, and bent over rows. Exercise allows you to eat more food, feel better and enjoy life to fullest!
5. Balance is Key
Although clean eating is extremely important in terms of fat loss you need to strike some kind of balance in your life. Too much of anything can be counterproductive –even good things. I enjoy a good cheat meal once in awhile or a week off from my training. Healthy living is meant to give you a more abundant life. You can also cycle your training. There will be times when your goal will be different and you won’t go too intense. It also helps to beat boredom. Striking a proper balance will keep your life exciting!
6. Beware of Scale Creep
You don’t need to be overly obsessive about checking your weight. However, it is important that you monitor your results often enough to make the proper adjustments. The worst time to find out you’re not in shape is when the bell rings. Keeping on top of things will ensure long-term weight loss success. Checking your weight each week will let you know what you need to do. For myself, I simply up the cardio because I like to eat more food. In reality, once you lose the weight you want it’s not really that difficult to keep off. Weight training, cardio and clean eating are a deadly combination.
7. Have Fun!
If you don’t find something fun, you’ll be less likely to stick with it, period. Make changes slowly and comfortably. Learn to enjoy the journey and just don’t merely think of the destination. If you can do this, half of the battle is won. Personally, I love working out and the high it gives me after each workout. And I love the taste of the food I prepare. Sometimes, I think of my old way of living and think I miss it. But when I come back to reality and look in the mirror I know I’m doing the right thing. It’s normal to face trials and temptations from time to time. The most important thing is to get the big picture. Everything will work out in its own time. Practicing these 7 keys will make long-term weight loss that much easier!
About the Author: Randy McLean is a fitness enthusiast and sole creator of Lean Lifestyle Tips. To get a lean and sexy body download a free copy of The Truth About Getting Lean