In order to be successful with any weight management plan, it is important to determine what your goals are. Are you trying to avoid health problems, feel better, have more energy, take part in a sport, be able to play with your children or grandchildren, sleep better, decrease medications, or live longer? Whatever your reasons, once you’ve identified them, you will have an easier time sticking to a program.
Here are 10 tips for making meaningful change:
1. Focus on healthy lifestyle changes
Healthy weight management isn't about depriving yourself of calories. Consider what else you can do to help with weight management. Are you exercising regularly? Getting a good night sleep? Engaging in other stress-reducing activities? Stress is not your friend when you are trying to shed some pounds or inches, because it results in increased levels of the hormone, cortisol, which results in increased carb cravings.
2. Set realistic and achievable goals
Setting unrealistic goals will only result in disappointment and may cause you to give up on your journey. If your goal involves pounds lost, one to two pounds weekly is a reasonable weight loss goal.
3. Set one goal that has nothing to do with weight
For instance, you might want to fit into a particular article of clothing that has historically been too tight. Or maybe you want to keep up with your dog when you're out for a brisk walk – without getting winded. Goals focused around healthy living are more sustainable than those driven only by weight loss.
4. Engage in daily structured activities, including exercise
The more exercise becomes part of your daily routine, the easier it will be to get it done. If you have time, exercise first thing in the morning before you have time to come up with excuses not to do it. Laying out your exercise clothes the night before can be a very helpful morning motivation.
5. Make healthy eating a daily activity
Thorne is planning to make the obstacle easier for you to tackle by providing you with our Thorne Weight Management Program, including recommended food lists and healthy recipes. Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring – mixing up your meals is a big component to sticking with your program.
6. Be sure you’re adopting habits you can keep
As you embark on a weight management program, keep in mind those changes you would feel comfortable about continuing as a lifestyle. The problem with most diet fads is that they simply aren't sustainable for the average person. Maintaining a balanced diet of healthy whole foods while still enjoying some of your favorites will make you more likely to stick with your new lifestyle long-term.
7. Adopt new habits slowly
For instance, if you know you can't give up your morning latte, then try having it with non-fat milk and no flavoring. It might seem boring at first but in a few weeks, the old flavored latte would probably taste way too sweet. Once your taste buds get used to not having artificial sweeteners, naturally sweet foods will taste even sweeter.
8. Enlist support from family and friends
This is probably the most important tip for success. Even if your family is not going to participate in the specific diet plan you have in mind, you want to be sure they are supportive and not trying to coerce you into going out for pizza or ice cream every night. If you have a family member or friend who will be participating in a weight management program with you, so much the better. You can give each other encouragement and hold each other accountable.
9. Stock your kitchen with the foods you need to get started
Check out our weight management program. Included are specific food lists you can adopt as grocery lists to get started on your journey.
10. Set a specific start date
How about this month?
About Thorne Research, Inc.
Thorne Research is a personalized health solutions company dedicated to improving individual outcomes through science and technology. For 30 years, Thorne Research has led the nutritional supplement industry in providing researched-based, high-quality natural products, including foundational vitamins and minerals, therapeutic-focused nutritional supplements, and soon to include botanical drugs. By leveraging cutting-edge research and personalized data through affiliate WellnessFX, Thorne Research offers customized preventive health solutions for health-care practitioners, their patients, and athletes. Thorne Research is a majority shareholder in WellnessFX, a San Francisco-based personalized wellness company providing home kit testing and actionable recommendations from the analysis of blood chemistry, genetics, and microbiome.
Thorne Research is headquartered in New York City, with a manufacturing facility in Sandpoint, Idaho. Further information on Thorne Research is available at Thorne.com