Are you the kind of person that commits to a diet once a year as your New Year’s Resolution? You lose the weight, and then as soon as you stop dieting, you gain it all back again? If so, then you’re like thousands of other women out there. You are a seesaw dieter.
As a seesaw dieter, you may drop 15 pounds in a month or two. You starve yourself, push yourself to exercise, and do everything you can possible do to fit into that dress. Usually you have a motivating factor such as a school reunion or a wedding to attend and you want to look your best for people you see once every 10 years. Does this make sense? Shouldn’t you want to look your best all the time?
But you still do it. And then once the event is over, you go back to the life you lived before and say hello to those 15 pounds once again. Why? What is missing in your life that you allow this to happen? The answer is motivation. What motivates you to lose weight? You want to look good for an event… but you could look good all of the time.
Setting yourself goals or rewards can help you lose the weight and keep it off for good. By using this same motivation, you can look great for yourself and the people you see every day! The key is to start out slow. Don’t crash diet. Don’t start running 5 miles a day. This will quickly wear you down and have you back on that seesaw in no time.
Take is slow. Set yourself monthly goals. Take the time to eat right with a diet that you can maintain as a lifestyle, not just a fad. Eating healthy isn’t just a great way to lose weight, it’s a great way to stay fit and healthy and feel good about yourself.
Reward yourself. Try to stay away from food rewards, but if you crave ice cream, it’s ok to indulge yourself at the end of the month… IF you reached your goal. And just because you indulged does not mean your diet is ruined. Too many people give up once they fall off the wagon and give into temptation. Treat each day like a new day to eat right. What you ate yesterday doesn’t matter. What you eat today does.
Promise yourself a shopping trip or a weekend getaway if you reach your goal this month. Treat yourself to a day at the beach or dinner with friends. What do you like to do that you never get to do? If it means spending money, then maybe if you cut out the extra cup of $5 coffee you have every day, you can have some extra cash to burn.
Whatever it is, the key to successful dieting is to find what motivates you, and use that to reward yourself.