Starting a weight loss journey is exciting. You know what it is that you want to achieve and can’t wait to start; the sooner you start the faster you get those results, right?! We love your enthusiasm!
That is why we at the RPT studio have provided 5 tips on how to start, and maintain, your weight loss journey the right way.
1)Have a plan!
You know what you want to achieve. You now need a plan on how to achieve this.
Your plan doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be as simple as knowing when you plan to train, what programme/class you plan to follow/attend, and what your dietary intake for the week ahead is going to be.
Why is having a plan important?
If you start out too hard and too fast, you will burn out quickly and lose motivation to continue. If you start out too slow, you won’t see the results that you’ve been dreaming of and this will demotivate you.
Your plan will not only ensure that you know what you are doing, but it will also ensure that you stick to it. It’s much harder to justify to yourself missing a pre planned gym session / a pre paid class than an unplanned one. Take away the excuse factor – the results that you are dreaming of certainly will.
Once you have the plan in place, all you will have to focus on is providing the hard work to prepare you for those amazing results that will start to appear!
2) Accountability – Bring a friend!
A simple, yet vital step in any weight loss journey – accountability. There’s no doubt about it, making changes to your life is hard. There are going to be times where all you want to do is give up and take the easy route; after all, sitting at home eating chocolate sounds so much better than a tough class at the gym!
As motivated as you may be, you need that external motivator by your side to ensure that you commit 100% to your goals – that’s where your training partner comes in.
There will be days during your journey where you will not have the drive to get up and go to the gym. Or days where you will have that temptation to have a take away instead of preparing a full, nutritious meal.
Having a partner by your side can make all of the difference. They will be there not only for encouragement and support, but will also act as a deterrent for you to not to cheat on your journey. When you don’t feel like going to the gym because its cold outside, or because you are a little tired, the thought of letting down your partner will give you that little extra push to get up and go
3) Find exercise that you love!
It’s always easier sticking to something that you love. Exercise is no different. Finding an exercise routine that suits you, that you enjoy, and importantly one that that challenges you each week, is vital as it will ensure that you are progressing towards your goals.
There’s nothing less enjoyable than going to the gym every week, following the same programme every week, and after all of your hard work seeing zero progress/results. Even if it started off as a fun and exciting workout, you’ll soon grow to hate it if you don’t see the results.
If you know that going to the gym and training by yourself is not for you, then join a class/bootcamp! Find a class that not only challenges you to progress each week but that also provides all the ingredients needed to help you to achieve some amazing results! Look out for those that provide varied workouts, nutritional support, and health assessments.
4) Find a nutritional plan that suits YOU!
Nutrition is a MASSIVE part of any successful weight loss
programme. If you cut corners here, then you are cutting corners on the results that you will see at the end.
There are a lot of diets out there that will tell you to cut this out, cut this out, avoid this etc. Ignore them. The key to a successful nutrition plan is finding one that suits YOU and YOUR goals.
Look out for a fully balanced nutrition plan. This includes eating carbs (!) protein, fats, and plenty of fruit and veg.
The most important piece of advice that we can give here is: Don’t starve yourself. Eat to satisfy YOUR OWN need and goals. If you’re hungry, then eat. Just make sure that you eat good, healthy choices! Starving yourself will only lead to two eventualities; you craving bad foods. You giving in to temptation and eating those bad foods. And guess what? The weight that you’ve worked so hard to lose will just come straight back!
5) Stick with it!
There’s unfortunately no magic solution to your weight loss journey. It will require a lot of hard work, sweat, and determination to achieve your goals.
If you follow the above steps though, and you commit 100% to your journey, then we promise you that you can achieve the results that you’ve been dreaming of.
Always remember that trying and failing is acceptable. Using the lessons learnt from failing can only make you stronger.
Failing to try however? That’s the greatest failure right there.
So keep going and keep on working hard. We promise, it’s all worth it in the end!
Bonus tip – Enjoy yourself! Don’t forget that you are doing this to improve your quality of life, so don’t make the mistake of over-thinking everything and sacrificing your life in the process. That defeats the whole object of why you want this change!
You can still go out with friends and family and enjoy yourselves, just plan ahead and be sensible with your choices. Remember that you are doing this for you and that it will all be worth it in the end!