Going on a diet to weight loss is not easy, but there is something about the new year that makes people think that during this time, a leaner body is within reach. The first few days or weeks is really not a problem at all for eating right, exercising regularly, and resisting temptation. But after that, it gets a little bit trickier and before you know it, you’re back to your old habits before the end of February. To help you with this dilemma, here is a guide to help you stay on track throughout the year with your weight loss program.
1st Week: Get through the hard part of resisting hunger by not skimping on breakfast.
It’s quite normal to feel hungry almost every time during the first few days of your diet because during this period your body is still adjusting. Also, eating fewer calories causes your body to produce extra hormones that makes you feel hungry. To fight off the feeling while still holding on to your commitment, always start your day with a high-calorie breakfast. This will make you feel full longer throughout the day.
2nd Week: Fight off the mood swings by seeking support.
Diets are tough both on your body and mind. By going low-cal, you are exposing yourself to a lot of mood swings, causing you to become more uptight and edgy than usual. This is sometimes dangerous because mood swings can result to tension and stress, which can cause you to revert to your old eating habits. Get through this period by getting support from your friends and loved ones.
2nd Month: Curb your frustration by ignoring what the scale says.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the scale just won’t budge, leaving you frustrated and wanting to give up. Don’t give up just yet, though, until you have tried on your clothes. Your weight loss might seem like it’s not dropping at this point, but that may only be because you have gained more muscles through your constant workout. You have to understand that muscle is denser than fat, even though it may take up less space in your body. So when you are seeing that the needle does not seem to be moving, it may not mean you haven’t lost enough body fat, but that you have actually gained more muscle, which is a good thing.
6th Month: Jumpstart your body by skipping the gym for a week.
This may seem pointless, but taking a time off can help your body get back on track. According to experts, weight loss gradually slows down at the six month-period of any program. The explanation is that the body figures out how to adjust to your workout at this time and starts to burn fewer calories. Doing a different activity altogether even just for a week will help prepare your body for a fresh round of weight loss.