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If you’ve been having problems following through with your plan for permanent weight loss and finally getting that lean trim body and the confidence that comes along with it, then perhaps you have been missing an all important step along the way.
When all else fails, it may not be the actual program that’s giving you the trouble but it may actually be your approach.
So if you find yourself in a situation where you keep losing the battle of the bulge, you must not give up. But you also must not keep doing the same things that you did or you will get to the same place that you got.
If you keep at it with the utmost dedication and discipline, you’ll eventually find what works and achieve the results that you have been working so hard for.
So here are some steps that you can take to start your weight loss journey over from a different perspective. You’ll definitely see the results that you want if you follow it and stick to the program…
1. Accept Permanent Weight Loss as a Lifestyle Change
The very first thing that you need to do is accept that achieving that body that makes people stop and stare in “awe” requires you to change your complete lifestyle. If you think that you are a victim of a slow metabolism then you must think again. First, stop and consider how you gained the weight in the first place. Analyze your complete lifestyle, not just your eating habits.
Do you work an active job or do you sit on your tush most of the day? Are you regularly involved in sporting activities or do you prefer non-strenuous extracurricular activities?
Do you eat out the majority of the week or are you eating healthy meals and including your whole family? Do you prefer an ice cold glass of spring water with lemon or are you drinking sugar filled soda with your meals?
And what about your social life? Do you prefer kicking back to some beers with your buddies or maybe wine tasting with your girls? Is it video games after work or surfing the net?
The point is this: Whatever type of lifestyle that you have, you need to first analyze it and then make the necessary changes that it needs to accommodate your new weight. The key is to make changes so you must take action.
2. Face the REAL Facts
After you have accepted the fact that your current lifestyle is not going to get you to where you want to go, you need to face the facts; LITERALLY! The best thing that you could ever do is to take a picture of yourself at your current weight. I know, it’s a tough thing to do but if you are really serious about losing weight then you need to face reality.
This is no different than trying to get out of debt. When you are in a financial mess, the first thing that you need to do is to get all of your bills and debts together and add them up. And then face that number! It’s a real slap in the face but it is the only way that you are going to get serious and take some action.
So snap some shots of yourself from every angle and analyze them. The first set is going to be the hardest but it will get easier. Make sure you take pictures at least once a month but every other week is even better. This way you can track your progress and when you see how far you have come you sill stay motivated to keep on going.
Another great thing about keeping a photo diary of your weight loss journey is that you can see exactly what works and what doesn’t. The proof will be right there before your eyes since pictures don’t lie.
3. Set Specific Non-Weight Related Goals
Okay, you probably know that it’s far easier to accomplish something when you have set goals that you wish to accomplish. And the more specific your goals are the better. But the worst thing that you can do is to set specific weight-related goals such as to lose 20lbs in a month. What’s even better is to focus on goals that are measurable in a different sense. These goals should be part of the process.
For example, you can focus on goals such as the following:
Fitting into particular size jeans
Lose a specific amount of inches from around your waist
Lose a specific amount of inches from around your hips
Sticking to your eating plan 6 days per week with 1 day off
Weight train at the gym 5 days per week
Do cardio first thing in the morning 5 days per week
You see, these are non-weight related action goals that will get you into the best shape of your life. So when you lose the inches off of your waist there is no way that you did not lose any weight along with it. And if your goal was to make it to the gym all 5 days this week then you will be right on track to lose those inches around your waist.
4. Focus on the End Result
After you have set your goals you now want to imprint them into your subconscious mind. This requires you to practice a different form of exercise; mental exercise. You must take at least 15 minutes out of your day and visualize your goals. Make your mind movies as real as you can. This will tell your subconscious where to lead you in your efforts and give you the confidence that you need to get there.
All great athletes practice some form of visualization exercise for their sport. They see themselves in their mind performing perfectly and winning their match or game. And then when it’s the real thing, their subconscious mind will think that they have already completed the task and their body will perform accordingly.
So see yourself in your mind’s eye slipping easily into those jeans that you couldn’t fit into for years. See yourself easily adjusting your belt 4 notches down from what you normally do. And last but not least, see yourself in front of a mirror looking at the body that you have always wanted!
5. Create a Sensible Weight Loss Plan
Now, after you have set your goals and created the ultimate mindset, it’s time to create a sensible plan of action. You must realize though that there is a healthy way to go about doing this and there is an unhealthy way.
What you’ll want to do is focus back on the first point in this article which is making positive lifestyle changes. This means that you look at things long term and not just in the months ahead. So this means no more “90 day challenges” or anything else like that advertises that term “quick weight loss”. These types of popular challenges are the best way to set yourself up for defeat since almost everyone will, at some point, resort back to their old habits once the challenge is over.
Remember, think “lifestyle change” and not “quick change”. So start creating a new balanced plan of habits that you will stick to each and every week indefinitely. Slow and steady will always win the race, especially in the fat loss game.
Your plan of action must include both a healthy eating structure and also a training structure. Notice I used the term “structure”. This means that you are creating a daily plan that you are going to be able to stick to for the long haul. This will be your new lifestyle that includes daily healthy eating habits and also a daily exercise program.
Believe me, you are going to feel amazing when you look in the mirror and see that sexy stomach or six pack abs. And that can be the “permanent” you. All you have to do is keep on your plan.
Your Plan is Worked, Now Work Your Plan!
So there you have it: A 5 awesome step plan the will lead you to permanent weight loss once and for all. And the best part is that you can get started today. None of the steps that I outlined above will cost you a dime. Not even the training part because if you cannot afford to go to a gym you can always perform bodyweight exercises at home and walk for your cardio.
So don’t procrastinate any longer… Get up and get going!