If you landed here, it might be because you are thinking about losing weight, or you have already started your weight loss journey. In either case, these 5 things will help you to achieve your goals!

1- Don’t try to lose weight to please someone, do it for yourself, do it for your health.

Sometimes people are in a relationship and want to please their partner, or maybe it’s a crush who is the reason for your desire to lose weight. But what if things don’t work out with that partner? Will you still be able to continue your weight loss journey? Please do it for yourself. Think about the benefits for your body.
According to the CDC, even a weight loss of 5 percent of your total body weight (for example, 10 pounds for a 200 pounds person)is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars, sleep, mobility, etc.(1)
Also, starting a weight loss journey has to be your decision and not someone else’s.

2- Be patient.

Depending on how much weight you want to lose, it is a matter of time. The most common mistake people make is trying to lose too much weight too fast. The best way to lose weight safely is to do it gradually. Studies suggest that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more likely to achieve a permanent weight loss. (1)
Impatience often leads to drastic diets which are unhealthy. It would be best if you had realistic expectations. It took you months or years to gain the weight you want to lose, so don’t try to get rid of them overnight.
Losing weight is really about changing your relationship with food, your way of thinking, and your lifestyle. This process takes time.

Also read: 12 Healthy habits for weight loss

3- It is all about consistency.

You have to be consistent with every change you will make to reach your goals. Even the best weight loss program out there won’t help you if you can’t stick to it. So, avoid being on and off about your weight loss plan. Consistency doesn’t mean you eat healthily and exercise every day. It means that you don’t give up on your goals even if you have one of two cheat days. Most people give up once they eat something that veers from their diet. Plus, treating yourself sometimes with a cheat meal will help you to maintain your sanity.

4- Everyone has their weight loss journey.

If your friend or someone you know is following a trending diet, don’t expect the same results. It might not work for you.
A study shows there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to losing weight, and the same dietary advice doesn’t work for everyone, even for identical twins. The researchers found that eating tomatoes considered healthy spiked her blood sugar significantly for one woman in the study who has been trying to lose weight for years. These findings have proven that we react to or metabolize foods differently, regardless of their glycemic index. (2)
What is healthy for one doesn’t apply to everyone. It doesn’t mean that you can follow standard advice, but it’s better to have a personalized diet plan if possible.

5- It’s ok to ask for help.

You are not alone. Losing weight can be difficult, stressful, and overwhelming. There is probably someone in your social circle whom you can count on to motivate you through a weight loss journey. You can also ask your doctor or your healthcare provider to recommend or refer to a registered dietitian. A dietitian can work with you to build a healthy, personalized weight loss program.

Good luck. You got this!

Also read: 5 tips to stay active every day without hitting the gym

References

1-https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/index.html
2-https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(15)01481-6

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Hermione M.

My name is Hermione. I am the founder of WomenH and I write about women's health, wellness, mental health, and personal growth. I created this platform to inspire women to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to become their best selves. Thank you for stopping by.

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