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How to Stay on a Diet for a Whole Year

Updated on October 19, 2012

How to Shed Inches Long-term


7 Tips for Weight Loss and Keeping the Pounds Off

So you want to shed inches and then keep them off. Your tired of the flab abd want to lose the rubber around your belly. You want to resculpt that girlish figure and keep your best shape long-term. The frustrating part is you've tried and succeeded on a couple occasions. You've been able to do it short-term, but not long-term. For one reason or another you jump off the treadmill and pop goes the figure once again. You desire to lose the wieght and keep it off. This hub discusses tips for weight loss and how to stay on a diet for a whole year.

You Can Do It!


It is Up to You

The first tip is to remember success or failure is up to you and you can do it. I can just hear you saying "Oh great!, lead with the guilt trip, why don't you." Still, success in any endeavor is most likely when the motivation comes from within not for without. Learners learn best when they take control of their own education.

One Step at a Time

The second tip is to take it one step at a time. You want to lose weight and shed inches that will sty off long-term. Thus, you want to make a lifestyle shift. To stay on a diet for a whole year will take a shift in lifestyle. Old habits are hard to break all at once and attempting severe change overnight will likely lead to backlashes of binging. It is best to establish a plan and take it one step at a time.

A Cord of Three is Not Easily Broken


Find an Accountability Partner

A third tip to how to stay on a diet for a whole year is to find one or more accountability partner. Find a friend or two or join a local fitness group that will walk with you through the duration of the diet. Too many people are embarrassed of their weaknesses and try to hide and work out problems alone. Human beings were made by God to live in community. We need each other. If you want to follow through and stay your diet for a whole year begin by finding an accountability partner or two.

When selecting your accountability partners, make sure you select someone you admire and who is not afraid to tell you like it is. Of course, you have to have a willing heart and remain open to their pushing and prodding.

Establish an Overall Diet Plan

Another tip to stay on a diet for a whole year is to write out a step-by-step plan. Plan out a diet schedule. Determine how much you want to lose and then plan incremental steps. Put the desired milestones on the calendar. If you are unable to determine the steps for yourself, consult your doctor or nutritionist in your area to find out what long-term plans are available and determine which would be best for your needs.

Establish New Eating Habits

A fifth tip for how to stay on a diet for a whole year is to establish new eating habits. If you want to lose weight and then keep the pounds off you will most likely need to change your eating habits. Don't allow yourself to have one food diet for when you're on a diet and another for when you're off the diet. Establish a well-balanced food plan that you will maintain after you have shed the unwanted pounds.

The point in all these tips is to be consistent; to establish consistent habits that you will maintain for the remainder of your life.

Order a Diet Plan

A tip related to changing eating habits is to think about pre-packaged plans. If you are unable to design and maintain your own diet plan, then order a diet plan from Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, or the like. These professional organizations have worked out plans in advance that can be tailored to your needs. There plans will dictate what you should eat when with the meals pre-packaged. The overall cost will likely be more than you might be able to put together on your own through your local grocery market. But, you will be saved the hassle of trying to come up with more creative meals and may save yourself the doldrums from another lunch of cottage cheese and plain hamburger patty.

Another plus of pre-packaged food plans is the opportunity to learn what foods you can include in a well-balanced diet and how you can prepare them so they taste good. If you do not pay attention to the make up of the food you eat, then the drawback is you will not know how to reproduce the pre-formulated diet for when you go off it. Attempting to reproduce the diet on your own could be frustrating because you will not have practiced how to make the food or gotten used to the timeframes for making the food.

Include an Exercise Regimen In Your New Routine

A seventh tip is to incorporate a regular exercise regimen into your routine. In order to shed those inches, you will probably need to do more than eat well. If you want to lose weight and keep it off you will need to include an exercise regimen in the plan. If you feel that you don't know how to get started with an exercise plan, buy a good book or dvd on the subject and follow the step-by-step instructions. If you are not self-motivated, join a local fitness gym or fitness bootcamp that you can continue after the bootcamp is over. If need extra help and you have money for it, hire a personal trainer. If you want to lose weight and shed inches consistently, you will need to include an exercise plan in your daily or weekly routine.


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