If you’re aiming to lose weight this year, you’re in good company. Millions of Americans are on a diet of some kind at any given time, though how many of them will succeed in shedding the pounds and keep them off long-term is hard to say. If you’re on a weight-loss journey or about to start one, you want to make sure your efforts pay off and that when you lose the weight, it stays off. Diets that promise a quick weight-loss with minimal effort usually don’t stick, so let’s take a look at some of the tried and true methods for getting healthier and losing weight effectively long-term:
Take Your Time
Weight-loss takes time if it’s going to stay off instead of bouncing right back on. Our bodies require time to adjust to changes in lifestyle and metabolism and so fad diets that promise a massive weight loss in no time usually result in failure. Recognize that real weight-loss will come with patience, perseverance and small steps so aim for a couple of pounds of weight loss per week.
A helpful way to really see those pounds come off consistently is to keep track of your efforts. A food and/or exercise journal where you write down your daily efforts can both inspire you to make the best decisions while also helping you to see where you made missteps or how you can do better. You may be surprised to find out you aren’t really drinking as much water as you thought or exercising as often as you should and a journal can help you recognize this.
Celebrate Small Victories
As you start your weight-loss journey you may feel overwhelmed with how far you have to go to achieve the “end goal”. Instead of being consumed with how much you have to lose and how long it’s going to take, focus on one day at a time, and celebrate the little pounds lost along the way. Be proud of all your efforts which will lead to big results in the long run so you won’t be discouraged and give up altogether.
It’s ok to admit that you need help, especially with a bigger goal that means a lot to you. In many cases, a weight-loss journey requires the assistance and expertise of those who specialize in helping others see their visions through. Perhaps you will benefit from the ongoing encouragement and structure that a personal trainer can add to your daily efforts. For others, medical assistance in needed after they’ve done their part to improve their bodies. Some people may find that loose skin, or stubborn, extra fatty deposits just won’t budge no matter what, and in such cases, modern liposuction procedures may be able to assist in creating a streamlined appearance while getting rid of those fat cells once and for all.
Whatever the case, if you’re not happy with your body, you owe it to yourself to do all you can to get that stubborn weight off. Sadly, sometimes, dieting just isn’t enough! When that’s the case, call us here at the Laser Lipo and Vein Center to see what options you may have. We’ll give you a free consultation and show you what we can do to help you achieve the body you want.