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Published on March 12th, 2014 | by Joe Starks

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Morbid Obesity – Take Back Your Life: Reaching Your Goal Weight

The hardest part in each diet is the time between those first easily lost pounds and all the rest of the weight you need to lose. We all know that the heavier you are, the faster you will lose a big chunk of weight in the first days of your diet. This big amount weight is not all fat. Some of it is the deficit that eating less food creates in your bowels.

Imagine when you are eating a lot there is a heavy amount of food in your bowels, Just eating less will make that disappear in a matter of hours. Some of that weight is simple water, which you lose because your new diet is less salty. Whatever the reasons, the next pounds will go away very slowly in comparison. In this article we’ll discuss how to overcome that obstacle and keep yourself motivated until the end.

How to boost your motivation?

After that initial weight has come off you will probably feel very confident. You wake up and face the scales, expecting 2-5 pounds to be gone, and you see zero difference from yesterday. At that point many people throw in the towel and only half heartedly diet on. Then you find yourself eating just as much as before, if not more.

Here are some good tips on how to avoid that disappointment and keep your spirits high:

  1. Calculate what a realistic weight loss is. Our bodies can only burn that much energy every day. Each kilo of fat actually contains 7700 calories, which is incredibly hard to burn. You should not expect to lose more than a kilo per ten days on a normal diet. You might lose a bit more or less, but certainly not incredibly more or less than this.
  2. Make small goals. Make sure you have smaller goals in between, so you don’t feel disheartened every time you realize how far away you are from the finish line.
  3. Pat yourself on the back. Each day you manage to diet correctly you should be proud of yourself. You might not lose weight every day, but it will help you reach your goal and have a healthier lifestyle.
  4. Stay in control. You know the things that can make you stop dieting. It is within your control to stay away from them or to consciously battle them. Be mentally prepared for every hard time that will come for your diet.
  5. Start a new hobby. You absolutely need a new occupation to keep you busy those minutes of the day you’d usually shop and eat all that food. It might be something active, which can help you lose even more weight, but it can also be something sedentary. As long as this hobby keeps you happily busy it is good for your weight loss.
  6. Chart your progress. You should keep a diary where you write how much you ate and how much weight you lose. Every time you feel frustrated you can look at your chart and see your actual success.

Tricks to keep your weight loss going

At many points in your weight loss journey your diet will stop working. There are plenty of reasons for that. First of all, the calories that helped you lose weight at first might be too many to reach your actual goal. A very heavy man, for instance, may begin losing weight with 3000 calories, but he’ll certainly have to lower that to 2500 at some point to reach a lean weight, unless he’s a bodybuilder.

At these times when whatever you do has stopped working remember these tips:

  • Lower your calories a bit. You can do that by either counting the calories and subtracting a little bit over time or you can simply start making your portions smaller. You might skip a snack altogether.
  • Up your exercise. The leaner you become the easier it will be for you to move around more. Make sure that when you become lighter you also move a lot more. Start with walks and end up doing all those activities you never could before.
  • Up your calories. If nothing works you might actually be eating too little. Upping your calories for a while might help you start losing weight again. Just make sure to only raise your intake by a little bit. One extra healthy snack or a bigger portion at one meal should be enough.
  • Be patient. Are you perhaps expecting too much? If you lost a kilo one week before you should not expect to lose one so quickly afterwards. Diets might sometimes seem huge to use, but usually that is only in our imaginations. Make sure to chart your progress properly.

Weight loss is never easy, but it doesn’t need to be unpleasant and tiring. Make sure you eat enough to be healthy and that you steadily introduce healthier foods into your diet.

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