Don’t Do These 3 Things and You Won’t Lose Weight This Holiday!

There are so many people who take a weight loss resolution every New Year, but why do most of them fail to stick to their resolutions? There is more to weight loss than just a New Year resolution! As a matter of fact, simply taking a resolution won’t guarantee successful weight loss. If you are really serious about losing weight, you need to do the three things I am going to discuss about in this article!

1. Break down your goal into baby steps: Setting unrealistic goals is bad enough, but expecting to achieve them within a very short period of time is even worse! Keep in mind that it is possible for you to achieve your unrealistic goals too, provided that you keep your expectations low and be patient.

For example, let’s say that you want to lose all the “extra weight” before next Christmas comes. Your next job would be to determine how much weight is ‘extra weight’; this number would give you an idea of how to break up your goal in a way so as to make it achievable.

Let’s say that you need to lose thirty pounds. Fine. Now just calculate how many weeks or months it would take you to achieve this goal, assuming that you could lose no more than 2 pounds per week healthily, and that you would be sticking to your diet plan throughout and won’t ‘cheat’.

At this rate, it would probably take you about four months to achieve this goal. Add a couple of months extra to that, because I am sure you would ‘cheat’ on your diet once in a while; in fact, even I have done it too! But even with all that ‘cheating’ there is no doubt that you would be able to reach your weight loss goal successfully, much before another Christmas comes!

2. Find a buddy: People who have lost weight successfully have almost always found a sidekick to help them out. Find someone who is in the same situation as you, has the same goal as you, and shares the same interests as you! When we work on something all alone, we often feel dejected and suffer from low-self esteem, but when you have got a buddy, you could motivate each other, discuss weight loss plans with each other, and even keep a tab on each other.

The last one would work wonders for your weight loss goal. Even if you try to cheat, you won’t be able to because you would be afraid of losing your face in front of your body. You may not feel ashamed of letting yourself down, but you simply cannot afford to let down your best friend!

3. Use rewards as incentives: Last but not the least, rewarding yourself from time to time is important so as to make sure that you don’t stray from the path of weight loss! Setup small milestones for yourself and reward yourself every time you reach one of these milestones.

Let me clarify beforehand that rewarding does NOT mean indulging yourself in fatty foods; that would be like shooting yourself in the foot! There are many other ways you could reward yourself. For example, you could setup a reward of about 10 bucks for every 4 pounds you lose. When all your rewards add up you could buy some new clothes for yourself, take a mini-vacation, or indulge yourself in a spa or salon! Do anything EXCEPT eating!

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