This is perhaps one of the most frustrating situations as a dieter.
You work so hard–dripping sweat in the gym and loading up on fruits and vegetables.
However, when you check your weight on the scale, the numbers barely move. Sound familiar? I have seen this happen hundreds of time. You are not alone.
7 Key Points for When the Going Gets Tough
- Do not starve yourself. If you follow a very low calorie diet in attempts to speed up your weight loss, you may be doing more harm than good. When we eat too few calories, the metabolism slows and so do the pounds.
- Set small achievable goals. Take 10% of your weight right now, and work on losing that percentage of pounds.
- Reward yourself with non-food items. Every time you reach a goal, or just feel like you have done a good job with your health, reward yourself with a pedicure, or buy a new book. Whatever suits you.
- Remind yourself that slow weight loss is the best weight loss. Numerous studies show that when you lose 0.5 pounds to 2 pounds per week, you are less likely to gain this weight back in the end. This also means that you are likely losing pure fat, and not muscle.
- Do not focus on the numbers on the scale. Buy an old dial scale (non-digital), take it apart, and cover up the numbers with colored paper or inspirational words. As long as the scale is moving downward, you are achieving success!
- Find a buddy. If you can not find someone to support you in-person, join a support group online like sparkpeople.com. Or, try finding a local support group in your area.
- Keep a food log online or on your phone. This way you can hold yourself accountable to what you put in your mouth. It will help you focus on areas you can improve on.
Do you have any other suggestions for other frustrated dieters?