Are you stressed because you have tried over and over to lose weight? Multiple diets at multiple times. Sure, you can lose weight sometimes, but it just comes back. And, it usually brings a few more pounds with it when it comes back. It’s OK! Take a deep breath. Here are some great diet tips to help you not only in weight loss, but also in keeping it off permanently.

1 – Inner strength and perseverance: Keep at it. The desire to change and your will to act, will make you successful. Have goals! You should have weight goals, exercise goals, health goals and goals in all areas of your life. Imagine what it would be like to achieve these goals. Close your eyes, and feel it! Do this as often as you can, but especially when you feel apathy or discouragement.

2 – There is no quick fix: Not eating, slimming pills, and working out all the time won’t work. At least it wont work in the long term and it is very unhealthy.

3 – Moderation: Reduce caloric intake (i.e. eat less food), take some supplements and slimming pills (in MODERATION), start exercising. Exercise is good for you and you want to exercise as much as you can, but you have to ramp up to being fit. A 260 pound guy does not run a marathon his first day running and neither should you. But, if you give him a year to build up to it, not only will he be able to run a marathon but he will weigh significantly less as well.

4 – Observation: Write down what, how much, and when you eat! Just doing this, has been shown to help people lose weight. When you exercise keep a log of what you did and at what time. Finally, write down how much you weigh. Keeping these logs is an active process, and it keeps you focused on what you need to do. Heisenberg had the uncertainty principle, which stated that the very act of observing an object changes it. He was talking about particles, but it applies here as well!

5 – Habits: Make a schedule, and follow it! Don’t let things get out of control. Eat at the same times every day. This is to prevent you from skipping meals and binging. Exercise according to your workout plan, don’t skip workouts. Habits take 40 or more days to acquire. They can take a lifetime to lose.

6 – Knowledge: Learn about proper eating habits. When are the best times to eat? What are the best foods to eat? How much can I eat? When is the best time to exercise, how often, for how long? What types of exercises are best? How can I be happier, more productive, healthier, and thinner? These are the types of questions you want to find the answers to! I know that I would like them answered as well. The myBIGfatDIET blog will help with some of the answers.

7 – Patience: Don’t give up! It did not take a day to get you overweight. It is not going to take a day to get you in shape. Be patient, don’t get discouraged (look at tip 1) you will get there!

8 – See a Doctor: Despite what you hear to the contrary, doctors want to see you healthy! They have studied as much as they can, so that they can help you. Go to a specialist on weight loss. Look around for a good one. It is important, you might have conditions that would change they way you diet or exercise. Often, you wont even know about these conditions.

9 – Get Help: This is separate from (tip 8) because I wanted to emphasize going to a doctor. Dietitians, personal trainers, diet or workout partners, and support groups can all add up to the difference between success and failure.

10 – Be Happy: The best advice of all. Overweight or thin, have a positive outlook. You can and will succeed in reaching your goals. But, the best part is you can be happy doing it. I have so many friends who look at what they are doing (school, work, diet, sickness or whatever) as the thing they have to do before they start living. Guess what? You are living now! Work towards your goals and enjoy the ride.

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