The weight-loss journey is paved with physical and emotional hardships. For many, such difficulties begin with the lack of physical and emotional energy to start the fitness journey.
When it comes to lifestyle changes, your body and mind are in constant resistance to change.
Many people have weight-loss aspirations, but not so many are able to work on their ambitions. This can be extremely frustrating, but there are ways to avoid such situations.
There are things you can start doing immediately that will propel you toward your weight-loss goal – this is what we will outline here.
After years of comfort eating and failed workout attempts, you may be thinking that weight loss is not really your thing, but this is not the case.
In this post, we will discuss a few things you can do today to get your weight-loss journey going.
It is important to know that there is no perfect time to start your weight-loss journey. The ideal time never comes.
Also, there is no perfect way to lose weight. Whatever you have right now is adequate to get you started.
So, instead of the usual procrastination of always starting tomorrow, or next week, or next month, we will discuss things you can start doing immediately. Today!
Ask Yourself Why you Want to Lose Weight
This is a good place to start. Why do you really want to lose weight? The answer to this question should be well defined because it will be a motivating factor in your entire weight-loss journey.
You will face a lot of challenges and obstacles in your weight-loss journey. You will need a lot of physical and mental energy to get you going and to keep you in this journey.
This journey requires you to be determined, dedicated and disciplined to get a shot at success.
It requires you to make sacrifices such as giving up your favorite junk food and dedicating your precious time to workouts.
If you are going to do all these things, you would rather know why you are doing it. To gradually overhaul your lifestyle, you will need a more profound motivating factor than just “to lose weight”.
If you, for example, want to fit into a certain clothing size, ask yourself why you feel the need to do so. This will help you uncover the true reasons for your weight-loss aspirations.
When asking yourself this question, you will realize that your answer will be personal. In fact, most people want to lose weight because of intensely personal reasons.
Maybe you want to achieve a better physical appearance, or you want to have a better self-image.
You may also want to lose weight so as to improve your health condition. All these are valid reasons, and they are important to you for that matter.
Having defined your reasons, you will have a deeper source of motivation that will be instrumental in your weight-loss journey.
Take Measurements and Pictures
It is good to know and record your starting. Get on a scale and weigh yourself. Also, have photos of yourself taken.
Doing this will give you a reference point when tracking your progress. Having pictures of yourself before you start working out will allow you to see your transformation as it unfolds, which is motivating. After this, commit to working on an incredible before and after story.
Sign Up for a Weight-Loss App
Weight-loss apps can help you track your workouts and weight-loss progress. These apps provide a convenient way of calorie counting and weight tracking. The apps can also assist you in planning accordingly.
Weight-loss apps analyze your weight, age, and weight-loss goals to provide you with a customized weight-loss plan.
They help determine your calorie needs. They take into consideration your meals and help you come up with a suitable diet plan for weight loss.
These apps may also provide access to an online community of people who are working on losing weight. Such communities can help provide vital information, tips, and motivation.
Some of the apps are free while others are paid-for. Either way, look for a suitable app and sign-up today!
Define Your Weight-loss Goal
Having a clearly defined weight loss goal is another essential factor. Make sure that your goal is as specific as possible.
For instance, instead of having “lose weight this year” you can have “lose 10 pounds by June” as your goal. Also, while defining your goals, it would be helpful to have short-term and long-term weight-loss goals.
You can have goals for the entire year and for each month. The short-term goals should work towards your ultimate goal.
Having short-term goals breaks down your journey into manageable tasks. This can help manage the overwhelming feeling you may get thinking about losing so much weight within a defined timeline.
Also, ensure that your goals are realistic. As a beginner, you will definitely struggle while taking your first baby-steps in the weight-loss journey. It is therefore important that you be realistic about your abilities in the current moment.
Make your short-term goals pretty conservative. The crucial thing is to get started. Once you get going, you will have the chance to set more ambitious goals.
Over-ambitious goals may become a demotivating factor. If you set goals that are too high, you are likely to fail in reaching them.
This is how many weight-loss enthusiasts end up quitting. Understand that weight-loss is a marathon, not a sprint. Focus on making the appropriate baby steps, and the rest will follow.
Write Down your Goal
Once you have your weight-loss goal clearly defined. It is important to write it down and have it displayed in a place or places where you can see it regularly.
By doing so, you will constantly be reminded about the goal, and this will help keep weight-loss up there among your other top priorities.
Consider keeping the written down goal in strategic places such as sticking it on your fridge. By doing this, you will be reminded that you are on a weight-loss mission every time you try getting some snack from the refrigerator.
Writing down your goal conditions the mind and prioritizes your aspirations. Once you start winning in mind, you can easily get your journey going. This is a step in the right direction.
Think Through your Trouble Spots
Think of how you got to your current weight situation. What have you been doing that has led to gaining the undesired weight? This could be due to things such as stress eating, dinners out, and such.
The first step is to be aware of the issues that have led to your current situation. This way, you will be in a better position to understand your mental processes and how to avoid falling into the vicious cycle again.
See what you can do to overcome the factors that have led to your current condition. This is something that you will have to do in every moment of your weight-loss journey – not just when getting started.
Create a Diet Plan
Your diet should include foods from all the essential food groups – vitamins, proteins, and carbs. Schedule your meals well in advance as this is likely to help you with sticking to the plan.
Make plans for what to eat and when to eat. Ensure that your meals provide you with the essential nutrients.
More importantly, keep track of the number of calories that you consume, as this is vital for weight loss. Your goal involves burning more calories than you consume.
Try to have your meals within five hours of each other. You may schedule a light, healthy snack within your main meals.
Do not skip meals and do not starve yourself. Staying hungry for too long exposes you to the risk of overeating or going for unhealthy foods.
When starting, you don’t have to create a very complex meal plan. All you have to do is ensure that the foods are healthy and that you strike a balance – you don’t eat too much or too little.
Make a flexible meal plan such that you can make adjustments to it as you observe yourself and get more knowledgeable about dieting.
Don’t seek perfection; you can create an adequate meal plan today that will jumpstart your weight-loss journey.
Post your healthy weight-loss plan where you can see it regularly. The plan will be a reminder of your commitment to weight-loss.
Raid your Kitchen
Go to your kitchen today. Inspect the refrigerator and every drawer where there could be food. Get out any food that you deem unhealthy.
Such foods include processed foods, high-calorie low-nutrient foods, and foods that contain unhealthy fats and additives.
Remove the bulk of these foods from your house. You can have your friends or relatives who are not dieting eat the food, or you can give it away. Just make sure that the bulk of it is gone.
Eating unhealthy foods hurts your weight-loss endeavor. Doing so also gives you a feeling of loss of control, which demotivates you from pursuing your weight-loss goals. It leaves you feeling physically and mentally bad.
Eating unhealthy foods robs you off the much needed physical and mental energy for a weight-loss routine.
You already knew all that, but you keep having junk food, right? Well, this has a lot to do with human behavior, and you shouldn’t beat yourself up for it.
As long as you have those tasty but unhealthy snacks lying around, you will get the urge to eat some.
But you have the power to change this situation, by removing the unhealthy foods from your house.
You don’t have to get rid of everything that you deem unhealthy. You just have to remove the excesses. Actually, most of the foods that are considered unhealthy, are so if taken in large quantities.
Small quantities may be healthy. In fact, small amounts of otherwise unhealthy foods may be beneficial in your weight-loss journey.
When you keep large quantities of unhealthy foods in your house, you risk over-eating and developing an unhealthy relationship with food. This is definitely bad for your weight-loss aspirations.
Raid your kitchen and do what you know you have to do, today.
Prepare and Buy some Healthy Foods
Your diet is crucial to your weight-loss journey. Now that you have removed most of the unhealthy foods from your house, it is time to replace them with healthy foods. You can buy or cook a variety of healthy foods.
Cooking at home is one of the most effective strategies for eating healthy. This is because when you cook at home, you are in control of pretty much everything that goes into your food. You can also prepare a wide variety of your favorite meals, inexpensively.
But cooking at home can pose the challenge of time. This is why you should cook a lot of healthy foods today, to last you for at least a few days.
Doing so will save you time while availing a wide range of healthy foods to eat for the next few days.
While cooking, try as much as possible to only cook food that you like. Healthy food doesn’t have to be unpleasant because there are many healthy and delicious meals out there.
Go through healthy recipes online and identify the ones you love the most. This is important because you are more likely to stick to a healthy diet if you like the healthy food you eat.
Unpleasant foods can be discouraging and could lead to failure in jumpstarting your weight-loss journey.
Another important factor here is to ensure that the foods that you consider healthy are actually healthy. Double check to confirm that the foods you cook today are healthy.
If you can’t manage to cook, all is not lost. You can hire someone to do it for you, or you can simply buy fresh, healthy foods from your local store.
If you go with the option of buying, confirm what ingredients are in the foods and in what quantities. Ensure that the food is well prepared and healthy.
Once you have your meals ready, have your first serving today, according to your meal plan. Follow your meal plan for the rest of the day. You are now on your way to a healthy lifestyle.
Create a Workout Schedule
Develop a workout routine today. Having a workout routine can lead to weight loss and will also help you stick to a healthy diet. The workout routine should be suitable and adequate.
Look into your life schedule and how you operate on a daily basis. Write down everything you usually do and want to do in the future.
Check whether you have free time between activities that is adequate for a full-fledged workout.
If you don’t have any free time (well, many of us don’t seem to have) look into how you can create time for your workouts.
Be realistic with when you schedule your workouts. For example, if you are not a morning person, avoid having your workouts planned in the morning.
Also, you may not want to schedule your workouts after work if you think that you will be too tired. Remember that exercises do not have to happen at the same time every day.
Also, decide today where you will be doing your workouts. If you choose to join a local gym, sign up today. If you want to work out at home, choose a suitable space to do so.
Schedule the workouts that you will be doing each day. Such workouts will include cardio, upper body, and lower body exercises.
Ensure that the workouts you schedule are all about weight-loss. Check online for the most effective weight-loss exercises.
You may also talk to your personal trainer to help with creating an effective workout schedule. Your weight-loss can also provide guidance.
Do Some Lifestyle Changes Today
We have mentioned that you can start eating healthy today. You can also take some other small but worthwhile steps towards your weight-loss goal.
Do not try to overhaul your lifestyle entirely as you will most likely fail. Instead, take some doable steps today and then proceed from there.
You could start by taking a 20-minute walk after lunch. You can also cancel the happy hour that you had planned for tonight.
It is important to be realistic when planning the steps that you will take. Ensure that they are doable immediately. Those small wins will motivate you and get your weight-loss journey started.
Tell the People Close to you About your lPans
Informing your close friends and relatives that you are starting your weight-loss journey today can be beneficial.
The people close to you can motivate you and encourage you to stick to your plans. Also, doing so creates a sense of accountability which is beneficial for your journey.
It is important that you only tell people that genuinely care about you. Don’t tell people that will guilt-trip you when you take a bite of an unhealthy snack.
Let your friends know that you are serious with your mission – doing this can make them more supportive.
Informing your close friends and relatives will also make it easy for you to change your lifestyle, such as eating at home rather than going out with them.
They will also avoid putting you in situations that can trigger a loss of focus on your weight-loss goal.
Make a Vision Board
Creating a vision board with visual reminders of your weight-loss goal can be beneficial. On the vision board, you can include motivational quotes and pictures that will be constant reminders of what you seek to achieve.
If you were previously in a good weight that you would like to return to, you might stick a picture of yourself from that period on the vision board.
Put everything that is motivational on the vision board. You will add to this vision board from now henceforth as you go through your weight-loss journey.
Buy Some Workout Clothes
Having some nice workout clothes can be a motivation factor for working out. Good workout outfit makes you feel better about exercising, and you are therefore more likely to be extra motivated to work out.
Ensure that the clothes feel comfortable and they look good on you. You may shop online or visit your local sports clothing store.
The workout clothes you acquire should be a good fit for your current body. When you lose weight significantly, you will have the chance to reward yourself with smaller-sized workout clothes.
Get Enough Sleep Today
The lack of enough sleep has been linked to overeating. Hunger hormones are more active when you are sleep deprived.
Getting enough sleep can, therefore, be helpful with sticking to a healthy diet. Also, getting enough sleep today will ensure that you rest enough for tomorrow’s workout.
Get Yourself a Weight-loss Partner
You are probably not the only one among your friends that has been postponing their weight-loss endeavors. Reach out to one or a few of your friends that you think can start their weight-loss journey today.
Discuss with them the preliminary steps you need to take together toward your goals. Talk to them about the things discussed in this post. Let them know that there is no perfect time to start their weight-loss journey – the time is now.
If they agree to join you, you can then work together in facilitating the things that need to be done today.
It is, however, important to stay focused on your weight-loss goal even if your friends fall off the wagon during the journey.
Today is the best day to start your weight-loss journey. You can take the various steps discussed in this post to get your journey going.
Adequate exercise and proper diet are the two core factors for weight-loss. You can start working on these two aspects today.
Create a suitable workout plan and start working out today, even if it is by taking a 15 –minute walk. Create a good diet plan and start eating healthy today!