Community Support Is Critical
If you find dieting difficult, I strongly recommend that you find a weight loss program that offers proper support. My own program offers fantastic support, especially for obesity sufferers, but naturally I’m biased because I know how well it works. Alternatively, try Weight Watchers or any weight reduction program with an active online community forum. Or join a diet-group at work, or a fitness class. Losing weight on your own is perfectly possible, providing things go well and your weighing scales keep saying the right things. But when problems occur – as they surely will – being able to seek help from other dieters like you will make all the difference between success and failure.
Also, don’t be in the least bit put off by the fact that most dieters are female. Most women are delighted to share their weight loss experience and advice with men.
For details of my wonderful community, see Weight Loss Forum
How To Motivate Yourself
This is a fourfold process.
1. Empty your head of negative thoughts.
2. Find a personal incentive.
3. Understand the weight loss process, and plan accordingly.
4. Find ways of monitoring your progress.
Goodbye Negative Thoughts
Weight loss is technically very easy to accomplish. The real difficulty for most obese patients is a lack of self-belief. They simply don’t believe they can lose weight – not long term. If you can face the truth and accept that there is literally nothing to stop you from losing weight, the rest is much easier.
Find An Incentive To Reduce Obesity
Relying on self-discipline is no good. If you want to reduce weight, what you need is a strong personal incentive. Why? Because only a good incentive reminds us that we are doing something we WANT, not something we HAVE TO. Only a good incentive helps us to stay on track when we encounter temptation. Ideally, find a totally selfish reason to lose weight – a concrete benefit to look forward to. And keep reminding yourself of it, every day.
Plan Your Weight Loss Strategy
Starting a diet is like starting a journey. Like any journey it requires preparation. We need to look ahead and plan how to overcome problems that occur along the way.
Unfortunately, many dieters don’t plan ahead. Instead, they take things as they come, and rely upon two things: their initial enthusiasm, and (when this wears off) their willpower. But enthusiasm and willpower aren’t enough to overcome the temptations we face when we try to change our eating habits and lifestyle.
Imagine taking your family on a camping trip. Do you rely on your enthusiasm and willpower for food and shelter? Of course not. Chances are, you spend hours beforehand carefully packing and preparing for every eventuality. Losing weight requires similar planning.
So plan your weight loss campaign as carefully as possible. Set a specific weight loss goal. Then divide it into smaller, manageable mini-goals – eg. 8 pounds a month. Set yourself fitness goals. Set yourself waistline goals. Above all, plan your meals, and make sure you eat regularly and don’t go hungry. It’s always best to eat a little too much, than not enough.
Monitor Your Progress
Weigh yourself once a week, no more. Always do it first thing in the morning, on the same bathroom scales, without clothes. Make a note of your weight – because by the following week you will have forgotten whether you weighed (say) 208.5 pounds or 209.5 pounds! In addition, each week measure the circumference of your waist and limbs (eg. upper thigh, upper arm). Record these measurements also. After all, if you lose no weight but an inch off your stomach, you’ll feel good about continuing. In addition, keeping a food journal with a list of your calorie consumption is an extremely effective way of monitoring your diet progress.