Who among us hasn’t tried to lose some weight at some point in our lives? In fact, most of us go through it quite a few times! And we all know one or two of those people who are always dieting, only to come off it again a few weeks later. So what are the secrets to not just dieting, but doing so with success? The truth is that, as with many other things in life, there is no one method which works for everyone. However, there are certain techniques which are shown to work for the vast majority of people. If you find yourself struggling when it comes to keeping the weight off, then it’s possible you might benefit from one or two such techniques. Let’s have a look at three of the best methods for losing weight and keeping it off.
Make a Goal
So much of the dieting process is psychological – I think people sometimes forget that. That is a real shame, because for plenty of people, this is the only tip they will ever need. The truth is, if you make a meaningful goal, you are more likely to shed the pounds. As well as losing that initial weight, you are also more likely to keep it off. The reasons are obvious. If you have a solid, clear goal in mind when you start dieting, then you will be much more focussed and determined. As such, you will be more likely to succeed. If you have tried dieting and failed many times, try giving yourself a goal with meaning. Go from wanting to fit into a certain dress to wanting to have more energy and feel at home in yourself.
It might sound unlikely, but it works. Dieters who follow programmes like the Venus Factor diet find better results. Why? Because they allow themselves to have the occasional ‘cheat day’. A cheat day is a day on which you are allowed to have more calories than on the other days. So the lesson is that dieting does not have to be a constant uphill struggle. You are allowed to give yourself a day off once in a while. In fact, not only are you allowed to – you should, as it helps you lose weight in the long run!
Avoid Bad Habits
When you are trying to achieve anything, a vital aspect of your success is discipline. For that reason, it helps if you do small things to prove to yourself that you are a disciplined person. For that reason, it is proven that if you work towards breaking a bad habit while also trying to lose weight, you will lose weight faster. We’re talking, here, about a bad habit which is unrelated to your goal of losing weight. It might sound crazy, but it works. But there’s more: you can double up this technique to make it work for you even better. If you give up the bad habit of television watching, you will lose even more weight. Studies have shown that watching one hour less of television a day helps you to keep the weight off. Kill two birds with one stone, and turn the box off.