How To Stick With A Healthy Diet and Exercise PlanPosted: July 12, 2010 in Lifestyle by Craig Primack MD FACP
For many people, starting a new diet is much easier than sticking with an old one. But in order to enjoy long-term weight loss success, you need to figure out how to make the same healthy lifestyle choices over and over again-including staying on track with diet and exercise. Find out how to stay motivated once the initial thrill of a new diet and exercise program has started to wear off.
How To Stick With A Healthy Diet and Exercise Plan
- Get support: Everything is more fun when you’re doing it with other people. Even if you started your diet alone, it’s never too late to seek out support from like-minded people. You might find a group of diet buddies online or partner up with a workout partner to hit the gym.
- Keep setting new goals: A combination of short-term and long-term goals is needed to keep most people going. Set weekly or monthly goals that you can celebrate in addition to your long-term goal of reaching a specific weight. As you set your short-term goals, remember to take a moment to reward yourself, and then set new ones!
- Monitor your progress: It’s hard to stay motivated if you can’t tell that your efforts are paying off, and you may be the last person to notice your results. In addition to keeping track of your weight, consider keeping track of your body measurements, body fat percentage, or number of days in a row that you’ve worked out.
Remember that it’s natural to get bored and consider giving up. This isn’t a sign that you lack willpower or can’t achieve your goals; you just need to plan ahead to prepare for these potential obstacles. With a little support and planning, you can overcome the motivation hump and stick with your diet and exercise goals.