Losing weight does not have to be miserable, depriving or full of pain. The weight loss mantra, “no pain, no gain” is a thing of the past. Today’s weight loss tactics are fun, enjoyable, and better yet, permanent.
In order to lose weight and keep it off, nutritionists and fitness experts agree that the process should be fun. It is the joy that one gets through their work-out and diet regimen that will keep them moving forward with sustained results.
Below are 10 ways to make losing weight fun. Following these tips and suggestions will not only help you to lose weight, but keep it off. Are you ready to change your life?
For many, diet and weight loss mean self-deprivation. This doesn’t have to be the case when you reward yourself for your hard work and dedication. Rewarding yourself can also provide an incentive to stick with it and not give up. Rather than going through the motions and getting tired of doing so, dangling a proverbial carrot in front of your nose can keep you on track for success. Try to avoid using food as a reward. A spa date, pedicure, new outfit or vacation can do wonders for weight loss.
Grab a Buddy
Working out and dieting can be made fun when doing it with someone else. Grab a friend and hit the gym or consult each other for menu ideas and watch how your accountability soars. Statistics show that people who purpose to lose weight with a friend or team of co-workers are more inclined to reach their goals than those who work out solitarily.
Try a New Class
Exercise classes can be fun and helpful in losing weight. If you have never tried a dance class, get out of your comfort zone and sign up for a Zumba class or Plyometrics session. For the more daring, try a pole-dancing class. You just may surprise your partner while losing weight in the process.
Experiment With Foods
Food doesn’t have to be boring and healthy cooking doesn’t have to be flavorless. It can be fun to experiment with different foods and spices. Shopping at ethnic markets or cooking with locally grown produce can add a new element to meals. Look for new and exciting recipes to change things up in the kitchen.
Set Short-Term Goals
Setting goals is important if you want to succeed, in any area of life. Weight loss is no different. Setting short-term goals helps you to stay focused and keeps things from growing stagnant. You are less likely to hit a weight loss plateau if you keep changing your goals.
You may already have a tight circle of friends, but when you begin your weight loss journey, they may not all follow your lead. Be prepared that you may have to leave some of your old friends behind. By joining a class or a new gym and showing yourself friendly, you may just pick up a few new friends along the way.
Support a Cause
Think about your passions and what you believe in. Is there a special cause or benefit you would like to support? Why not incorporate your weight loss journey with the cause. There are benefit walks or runs for a wide variety of causes. Support a cause by raising money and participating in the health benefit.
Start a Challenge
This is a great way to get the office participating and supporting your weight loss venture. You can also get your friends and family involved by starting a challenging or contest to lose weight. A little friendly competition does wonders for weight loss success. Why not throw in an incentive program or reward to get everyone involved?
Join a Support Group
Weight loss support groups are among the best ways to make losing weight fun and exciting. Not only do you get to share your victories or defeats with one another, but offer support and encouragement along the way. Support groups may be found in the gym, community centers, church groups and even at your workplace.
Celebrate Your Victorys
One of the best ways to make losing weight fun is to celebrate yourself and your victories. Take a trip, buy a new outfit or splurge on that spa day to celebrate those pinnacle successes. Losing weight doesn’t have to be drudgery with a little creativity and incentive. Your hard work is destined to pay off.
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