Losing weight is only half the battle. The key to keeping it off is to understand what really motivates you to be healthy. After the initial exhilaration of losing those first few pounds, you need to find a way to convert that enthusiasm into willpower. You’ll undoubtedly have low points and high points, but let your weight loss desire help you turn all that hard work into a permanent, healthier lifestyle.
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Ask Yourself Some Tough Questions. What gives you the strength to resist temptation? What causes you to give into temptation and how do you bounce back? Can you form new habits that you can live with forever? What are the rewards of weight loss for you? How much do you want those rewards?
Be Real. Losing 1 to 2 pounds a week is a very realistic goal. Don’t fool yourself with unrealistic expectations and quick weight loss schemes. Talk with your doctor to determine a healthy and realistic goal weight.
Tackle Weight Gain Before it Spirals Out of Control. You lose weight, get off track and before you know it you’re back to square one. What in the world happened?