Trying to lose weight can be an overwhelming task. Here are 4 things you can do to increase your odds of success.
1. PLAN AHEAD
Whatever plan you choose to follow, do yourself a favor and plan ahead. Determine exactly how you will manage the day-to-day details of following your diet plan. Make menus, shopping lists, foods to have on hand, etc.
2. SET UP YOUR KITCHEN FOR SUCCESS
Where are the cooking pans, bowls, utensils etc. that you will need to prepare your meals? Do you have measuring cups handy? Do you need to get a sharper knife to cut fruits and vegetables? Think about how to accommodate your selected diet plan.
3. CONSIDER REMOVING TEMPTATION
Get rid of foods that are not included in your plan. If that is not possible because of other food requirements in your household, find a way to store them out of your view or access. Sure, there will be times when you have to resist eating something not in your plan, but if you limit the exposure to temptation you won't have to be flexing your willpower to the point of exhaustion.
4. THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU MIGHT REPLACE OLD HABITS WITH NEW ONES
If you typically eat ice cream every night at 10:30 and that is not something you can do on your diet, then what will you do instead? You many not realize that some of your bad habits are ingrained like some sort of daily ritual, and when you try to just cut them out, there will be a void to fill. Think ahead about how you can fill that void with something that will support your weight loss goals. Whatever you choose, make sure it is something that you like to do and could look forward to.
These are just a few ideas that may help you adhere to your plan and increase the odds of your weight loss success. What are some of the things you have done that made sticking to your plan easier?