If you’ve noticed your Facebook friends participating in online weight loss challenges, you might wonder how these programs work. More importantly, would they work for you?
When you’re actively following a weight loss plan, it’s normal to feel excited about seeing results on the scale. Who doesn’t love a reward for their hard work? But we would like to caution you not to get too caught up in that number, especially on a daily basis. In fact, there are five times when you should simply ditch your scale. Don’t look at it, don’t think about it, and definitely don’t step on it! Just leave it there, in the bathroom floor, and wait for a better day to weigh.
Start talking about healthy eating or a weight loss plan, and you’ll notice that most people don’t look excited. They might even get that, “oh no, not this again” look in their eyes.
We don’t often associate healthy lifestyles with “fun”. Mostly, this happens because switching to a more nutritious eating plan involves changing our habits. And since habits are ingrained, even small changes can feel like burdensome work (or just another obnoxious thing you have to remember).
As you get started on a weight loss plan, you will indeed need to make some changes to your habits. Incorporate these six tips into your weekly eating or food prep plan, and you can make the transition a little more fun.
So often, when we discuss healthier lifestyles and weight loss, we immediately think of all the things we need to “quit” or “give up”. But here’s the problem with that type of thinking: Your subconscious mind really doesn’t like it. When you focus on “giving up” things that you enjoy, you’re going to experience considerable push-back from your own mind. Whether you’re conscious of it or not, you will begin to subvert your own efforts at healthier living, like finding excuses, “cheating”, making deals with yourself, and so on.