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Secret to Weight Loss Patience and Consistency

Updated on August 10, 2015

When it comes to losing weight, many of us think that taking drastic and unrealistic measures will lead to success. However, patience and consistency are two key factors required to successfully lose weight. Evidence suggests that when you drop pounds in an unrealistic plan, you pile them up soon after. This is mainly because of not being able to sustain the plan. Dieticians have discovered that people can lose weight through eating healthy food and through exercise.

Healthy Food Choices

To lose weight, one has to consider their food choice and nutrient timing. There is a lot of information out there on the kind of food that is healthy to eat, the quantity we need to eat and the timing. Take advantage of this information. However, the important things to remember here is that you have to be consistent after choosing a healthy food plan like chocolate from your shopping list if it will mean that you will be tempted to eat them due to frustration. Treat yourself once in a while.

Avoid Counter Regulatory Eating

Counter regulatory eating; which many of us know as the ‘what the hell’ effect should be avoided. This happens when those on a strict‘ diet will be fine as long as they are obeying all the rules, but when they slip up, such as when they eat forbidden food, all the rules they had are forgotten and they go back to their normal unhealthy eating habits. They will normally relax the rules or excuse themselves for breaking the rules and plan to start the strict regime again the next day or week, but this never happens and their attempt at weight loss is prematurely halted. Losing weight takes time and a lot of patience which cannot be sustained when on crash diets.

Active Life

To Iose weight, you have to mix healthy eating with exercise, if you are a beginner, then start your workout with easy routines. The key is to pick an activity and be consistent as long as it feels good and is helping you lose weight. Hiring a couch could be another option if you want expert advice. Remember to have fun and a good time whether it is running, walking or swimming. Persevere even when the going gets tough when working out and your patience will pay off in the end.

Moderation is the key

Taking the extreme ‘all or nothing' approach in losing weight is counterproductive as it cannot be sustained. We need to embrace the moderate approach. Be moderate whether it is indulging in food or exercise. Do not crash diet or overwork yourself in the gym as this cannot sustain weight loss. Have achievable goals that you can stick to.

There is no magic to weight loss. The secret is I choose an achievable goal and be consistent and patient by following it through until that weight is off.


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