When you’re successful, dieting can seem well worth the effort. It feels oh-so-good to slip into those jeans you packed away and take in the attention that suddenly comes your way. The real test is when everyone gets used to your new slimmer self and the compliments fade away. When life returns to normal and you’ve had a stressful day at work, it can be all too easy to restart old habits. Unfortunately, most of these fads simply don’t work.
But long-term dieting and weight loss is possible. The question is, how do you go from lasting a few days to lasting a lifetime? These tips will help you find success.
1. Make sure you’re ready for change
Of course you want to lose weight, but are you ready to? Losing weight takes time, effort, and sacrifice. You’re going to have to say no when you want to say yes. You’re going to feel uncomfortable when everyone digs into the bread bowl and you have to sip water and pretend you don’t care. The question is: Is weight loss worth it? If you’re ready to give up in order to regain control of your body, then (and only then) should you begin a long-term diet.