When it comes to weight loss, people invariably seem to recommend diet and exercise all the time, conveniently ignoring or overlooking the several other major and minor factors which determine the success or failure of loss. Now I am not saying that dieting and exercising are not important, but it is equally important to take note of the two loss truths I am going to discuss in this article. If you fail to take note of them, you may as well fail to get rid of your fat belly and love handles.
1. Weight Loss Truth#1 – You cannot lose in unhealthy surroundings: Struggling to lose in unhealthy surroundings is like trying to setup a sacrosanct place in a dirty area; both are absolutely useless endeavors and would result in nada, zilch! If you really want to lose weight, you need to inculcate good and healthy habits, and for that it is essential that you live in favorable surroundings.
For example, how can you lose when your kitchen is filled up with chips and pastries or the refrigerator is choke-full of chocolates and soft drinks? The truth is, with these unhealthy foods keeping you company throughout the day, you cannot help but be tempted to take a bite of them even if you know it is bad for you!
The only way out is to replace those junk foods with their healthier alternatives which would provide your body with the required amount of nutrition, minus the oil and fat! Examples of such foods are lean meat, eggs, organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fishes, soy, etc.
2. Weight Loss Truth#2 – You cannot lose if you don’t reward yourself: People struggle hard with the incentive of being rewarded in return, and the same holds true for loss as well! Losing is such a Herculean struggle that more often than not you would feel disappointed and frustrated with your loss efforts.
When you fail to see any noticeable dip in the scale in one week, you would soon come to the conclusion that all your efforts for getting rid of fat have come to nothing. However, that is not true at all! For you to become successful in loss, it is important that you exercise patience and self-discipline all the time, but in reality, it is easier said than done. This is where rewards come in!
In order for rewards to work, you should have already set a loss goal as well as several smaller milestones for the purpose for reaching that goal. Let’s say that you have a goal of getting rid of two0 pounds of fat in three months, and a milestone of losing two pounds of fat every week. Now, you can reward yourself every time you reach a milestone.
Note that the reward can be anything EXCEPT FOOD! Eating lots and lots of junk foods is not the way to reward yourself for all the hard work you have done, for these junk foods would simply let your loss efforts go in vain! However, you can set other rewards for yourself such as visiting a spa, buying a pair of jeans you have been eyeing for a long time, or fitting yourself into your old clothes, etc.