Find yourself losing interest in exercising and eating a healthy diet? Maybe you were a gung ho for a few weeks and then your get in fit determination quickly faded and you went back to your old bad eating habits.
What if instead of making mega changes with the all or nothing approach to weight loss and good health, you resolve to tackle a few changes at a time? Studies show that the health and weight loss habits that have the best chance of lasting are the ones that call for minor, doable changes.
Consider the following five motivational tips to help you make small, positive steps every day.
1. Feel Good About Yourself Today
Be sure the people around you make you feel good about you no matter what your size or health condition. In addition, if close friends encourage you to smoke, drink or eat too much, find some new friends who have good eating habits and also want a healthier you.
2. Know What Makes You Overeat
The key to staying motivated is to know where your problem area are and have a plan for dealing with them. Do you use food to cope with disappointment, boredom, rejection or even personal success?
Brainstorm some healthier ways to cope with mood swings that do not involve food. In addition, control your environment to avoid bingeing on high calorie foods when you feel disappointed, rejected or bored. Keep your kitchen stocked with lots of healthy options such as chunks of veggies, low-fat yoghurts, flavoured waters and sugar free gum.
3. Make Simple Daily Change
Who said health related lifestyle changes had to be all or nothing? Start small and make a few simple weight loss and exercise changes each day. These small changes can add up over time to give you a big health boost. You can start by adding 5 or more grams of fiber to your daily meal plan, cutting out refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice and sweets, and avoiding foods with trans-fats.
4. Move Around More Today; Sit Less
Make healthy choices by being more physically active. Park at the end of the lot when grocery shopping. Change your TV channel manually. Take the stairs at work. Go on a long walk with your kids or grandkids. Raining outside? Walk or run in place while watching TV. No excuses!
5. Remember That Change Takes Time
It’s easy to see thin people and think how lucky they are. But here’s the truth, if a thin person is over 30 or even over 20, chances are they are working hard at being thin each day. Find out how they stay thin. Is it through exercise or eating fewer snacks?
Make the commitment to change some lifestyle habits and allow yourself plenty of time to see your goal. In addition, accept the fact that your body is meant to be a certain size, even if that size isn’t skinny and feel good about it.