We would like to tell you at the outset, don’t rely on will power to lose weight or reach your weight loss goals because it may fizzle out sooner than you think. The only way you would see results is if you stay consistent. From a broader perspective, staying consistent would mean not missing two workouts in a row and not having two unhealthy meals back to back. Also, stop relying on motivation to give you the necessary boost every single day to get up and about, instead stay disciplined. Want more help on how to stay consistent on your weight loss journey? Read on for amazing tips that work!
1. Do Not Make Drastic Changes:
Drastic changes in diet or exercise routines would be difficult to maintain over the long term, and after a few days, would lead to burnout, or a return to old eating and lifestyle habits once the motivation and will powder wears off. Drastic changes, such as crash dieting, can lead to health issues, nutritional deficiencies, even severe hair fall. Another drastic change that people make – hitting the gym with a vengeance, exercising for 2 hours/6-7 days a week, needless to say, would result in fatigue, risk of injury, and burnout. Likewise, following fad diets would also negatively impact your relationship with food, to a point that you would dread eating food. Instead make gradual changes to both diet and lifestyle – you would be amazed to know that you can drop lots of weight by eating normal food, without starving, and just by going on daily walks. To learn how you can do that, subscribe to the weight loss diet plans on the Rati Beauty app, and we will take it from there.
2. Form Daily Habits and Stick To Them Strictly:
Keep track of every meal, eat only at scheduled timings, and set aside a fixed time to exercise. We would even recommend using alarms on your phone to remind you of your meal timings, workout schedule, and to drink water and keep yourself hydrated through the day. Alarms would also help you to get up and move about if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. Form daily habits like these to be disciplined, and it will be easy to stick to them after a few days. Try to build and keep good habits that help you lose weight in a healthy way.
3. Schedule The Entire Week’s Meals Together:
Plan ahead your entire week’s meals and menu at once. This practice would make sure you are cutting out temptations to indulge in unhealthy food choices when you don’t know what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and as snacks. Shop for groceries for the entire week and meal prep ahead to reduce dependence on will power to resist temptations and cravings. For more help to choose diet plans and list of weight-loss friendly grocery list, check out the Rati Beauty app. Also read: “8 Tricks To Speed Up Meal Prep on a Weight Loss Diet.”
4. Get An Accountability Partner:
Tag along a friend/spouse/family member/colleague to join in your weight loss journey. Or better enroll in a weight loss program that makes you accountable (Rati Beauty diet, for example). Here, you would find like-minded people who are pursuing similar goals, making lifestyle changes, and eating good food and losing weight successfully. You can get inspired from them and tap into their motivation to stay consistent until you reach your goal.
5. Follow a Workout Routine That You Would Enjoy:
As we have mentioned a lot of times previously, gym is not for everyone – it can be an intimidating place if you don’t know how to work your way around. Don’t follow an exercise routine if you dread doing it every single day or if it feels like a chore. It’s not necessary to hit the gym or do intensive cardio – explore alternative forms of exercise such as walking, dancing, zumba, and even home workouts, or just be on your feet as much as possible to burn calories.
6. Don’t Be Afraid of Indulging in Cheat Meals:
Being on a weight loss journey does not mean giving up on all your favorite foods forever! Though you should eat mindfully, portion control, and pick nutrient-dense food over empty calories, there is no need to swear off “guilt food” for life; yes, you can have doughnuts, pizza, French fries while dieting, but as occasional treats, more specifically as cheat meals. Have a cheat meal once in a week, and indulge in guilty food without any “guilt.” These meals keep you motivated because you can satisfy your cravings while still following a diet. It’s a reward-based diet strategy that allows you to indulge in your favorite food outside of your diet program once a week and in a way helps you stick with the diet better and for long, but do remember not to stretch a cheat meal into a cheat day or a cheat week!
7. Celebrate Every Small Wins/Milestones:
Even if you have lost 1 kg, celebrate this small achievement and it would motivate you to continue till you reach your goal weight. By celebration, we mean celebrations that do not involve food – like booking a spa day, buying that cute dress you have been eyeing since long, or going to the movies with your loved one.
Summing up, when you are consistent, you are less likely to feel demotivated with setbacks, which is very commonly seen when you rely solely on motivation and will power. Being consistent would keep you disciplined and on track till you reach your weight loss goal. If you are confused about where to start, subscribe to the Rati Beauty app and take part in our challenges and the entire Rati Beauty team would be there to help you reach your weight loss goals.