Long-term success in weight loss goals

Managing weight can sometimes be a frustrating endeavor that requires many visits to digital scales for readings to indicate whether the current plan of action is working or not. People tend to make very ambitious goals near the start of the new year in hopes that the sense of fresh beginning this time of year brings will give added fervor to the weight loss efforts. For most, these visits to the digital scales in order to check progress are somewhat disheartening after the first week of increased activity and diet change, but for those who stick to their plan of action for a matter of months, the readings will continue to get better and better.

However, very few people make it past the first week when it comes to weight loss goals and check-ins with the digital scales. There are many reasons for this lack of longevity, but with a few simple strategies, these trips to see the readings of digital scales can turn from dread to happy occasions as they show progress toward goals. The trick is to stick with the program. Body builders are obvious experts when it comes to making an exercise routine work. These individuals know how to make it past that first week of exercise and endure through an exercise regimen until it becomes like second nature and is completely enjoyable and invigorating.

What most people do not realize when starting a new exercise program is that it is incredibly easy to overwork oneself, push too hard and strain muscles during the first week of enthusiastic energy. There is a fine balance between exercise and adequate rest. In order for muscles to be able participate in the exercise routine without injury, they need time to repair between sessions. The most optimal time for this muscle recovery is during sleep, so many body builders will monitor their sleep schedules as closely as they do their exercise habits. It is also common for the enthusiasm of beginning goal-setters to exercise for long periods of time at medium to hard difficulty levels.

When exercise has not been a regular part of the routine for some time, it is important to begin gradually and work up to more difficult levels. The starting level and rate of increased activity is largely dependent on goals and preferences, but here are one or two examples. For someone who has not exercised in some time, starting out with a twenty minute session three to five days a week can be a good starting place. It may be tempting to exercise for an hour or two, but waiting for a week and then increasing the time by no more than ten minutes will allow a person to build up their stamina gradually and not burnout on the activities. For someone who has already been exercising a couple times a week, it could be good to add some different types of training to the mix and up the frequency by one day the starting week.

By doing this gradually, the long-term habits are more likely to form and keep the healthy habits in place. Being able to maintain a health and fitness goal over a longer period of time is much more useful than the new year bursts of energy that plague many people. It takes a lot of determination and focus in order to keep attention on the long-term goals to successfully lose weight and keep it off. Another measure that will often help is to find an exercise buddy to workout with. Having someone else you are accountable to increases the likelihood that the exercise patterns will continue.

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