Have you ever felt defeated in your weight loss efforts? Many people get so caught up by the scale! Don’t let the scale determine your success! I always tell my patients to not weigh themselves every day. Once a week is plenty to help keep you accountable and on track. Write it down to help track your progress. Treat yourself once you have hit your 5 lb weight loss mark (go to a movie, or the spa) and then keep shedding the pounds!
Here is a checklist of things to focus on daily on your weight loss journey:
Don’t go longer than 3-4 hours without eating (Start with breakfast, no longer than 1-2 hours after waking up)
Have protein at each meal and snack (20-30 grams protein at meal times, 7-10 grams for snacks)
Drink your water (Consume at least 64 oz water - add lemon, lime, or sliced cucumbers to flavor)
Commit to an exercise program (Exercise most days of the week. Include cardio, weight training, and stretching)
Stay away from high calorie drinks, condiments, and creamers
Limit your sweets (Sweets may taste good but they are packed with empty calories. Try popping in a piece of gum or have a sugar-free popsicle to curb your craving)
JOURNAL. Write down everything that goes into your mouth. A journal is a great accountability partner. My favorite is www.myfitnesspal.com. Myfitnesspal also has an app for any smart phone.
JOURNALING is the magic pill of weight loss!!
Remember consistency is key! If you commit to these 7 things and do them daily you WILL reach your goals!