One of the main errors that many people make when they diet is just that – they diet. In order to lose weight that you will keep off, you need to start to look at weight loss as a life project. This isn’t about losing weight for a few days or about trying to stay “good” on your diet for a month. It’s about reshaping how you interact with food and committing to the idea that you’re doing this for a lifetime.
Does this mean that you can never have sweets again? Certainly not. Rather, it means that you need to restrict yourself at first and then gradually start to add things back into your life – but to do so in moderation.
There are many ways to get started with a diet program. You can go online and use a calorie-counting system like Weight Watchers. You can join together with some friends and commit to a program that you create together. You can use a diet club that you might find in your area that meets once a week. You can also go to the doctor and find out about nutritionists or diet groups through your health plan.
Getting started may be the hardest part – but you’ll see that it’s well worth it when you look back six months or a year from now and see where you’ve gotten to. Get off the couch and get started now!