Everyone should realize that there is no quick fix when it comes to losing weight. There is no magic pill that is going to mysteriously make pounds fall off of you while you sit on your butt eating chips and candy bars all day long. Diet pills are one of the biggest selling products around today. Everyone wants an easy quick fix. It would be nice, wouldn't it? The thing about diet pills is that they may help you to shed a few pounds here and there but as soon as you stop taking them the weight is going to come right back on. If you want to lose weight the healthy way then you need to do your research and you need to lose the term "diet". A diet is when someone wants to shed a few pounds for a big event or to impress someone, but in most circumstances as soon as they lose the weight they then think that they can go off of the "diet" and go back to eating normally and the pounds come piling on again! Think of this as a lifestyle change. It is your lifestyle that got you in this shape and that is exactly what you need to change to get yourself out of this mess!
My biggest word of advice to anyone who wants to lose a sizeable amount of weight: plan ahead! Pick a date on the calendar as your day to start your new lifestyle. I'm sure everyone reading this has tried "dieting" a million times. For the first few weeks things go really great and then you get bored of it. You slowly start eating the things that you miss and eventually you give up all together and go back to eating the same way that got you here! It's all in your mind! You need to prepare yourself mentally for this lifestyle change because it's not going to be easy! I believe full heartedly in self-affirmations. These may sound silly at first but they truly do work! Pick a time during the day to do self-affirmations. Do it anytime: early morning, bed time, mid-day, whenever you feel like it. Write these down! Tell yourself these things: I am a good person. I am a beautiful person. I believe in myself. I deserve to lose this weight. I can lose this weight. I will lose this weight. I can control my food and not let my food control me! Once you start doing these you will begin to believe them and believe in yourself!
Your next task is to start doing some research! Find some weight loss forums and websites that can give you valuable information on how to lose weight effectively and healthily!
The great things about forums is that you can chat with people who are in or have been in the same boat as you. You can gain all sorts of advice and tips and most importantly: moral support! Having someone to cheer you on is great motivation to keep going! One of my favorite forums is http://weight-loss.fitness.com/. This forum is filled with supportive people who are trying to lose the weight along with you.
Another website I love is sparkpeople.com. You can create your own profile page, kind of like a myspace page and network with people from all over who are trying to lose weight just like you! Sparkpeople keeps track of your weight loss and creates a plan especially for you to help you lose the weight. They have all sorts of helpful articles and links and there are hundreds of groups that you can join with people who have the same interests as you! Check out my sparkpage.
One idea I came up with before I started on my lifestyle change is to make a list of motivations. No matter how small or big they might be. Everything I want to do, clothes I want to wear, people I want to impress, everything! Then whenever I start to feel discouraged or feel like I'm ready to throw in the towel I pull this list out and read over it to remind myself WHY I am doing this!
Your mind controls your body, including your mouth and what you put into it!