If you are trying to lose weight, perhaps with the help of a coach or other professional, sticking to the prescribed regimen of exercise and diet is the primary way to ensure success. However, there are also lots of little things you can do to supplement most any weight loss routine and accelerate your results. Here are five of them.
Talk about your goals.
If you talk about your goals with friends, family members, and coworkers, a funny thing happens: you become more likely to achieve them! If everyone knows, for example, that you want to lose 20 pounds, you are more likely to stick to the goal for fear of letting people down.
Drink more water.
No matter what kind of diet you are following, it's a good idea to drink more water throughout the day. Water will help keep you full, and you won't have to worry that you're mistaking "thirsty" signals for "hungry" signals—a common problem in dieters. If you don't like plain water, add a small squeeze of lemon or some calorie-free drink mix. Green tea is also a healthy, calorie-free option.
Take the long way.
It's amazing how much more exercise you can squeeze into your day just by doing little things like taking the long way to the neighbor's house, parking a bit further from the door, and going up the stairs instead of the escalator. This also forces you to slow down your day a bit, which gives you time to re-focus on your weight loss goals and methods.
Focus on what you're adding, not what you're taking away.
Every diet plan is a bit different, but most call for adding certain foods to your diet and subtracting others. If you focus on the foods you can no longer eat, you will feel deprived and be more likely cheat. So instead, focus on the things you are supposed to eat. Think about the positives—and you'll stay positive.
Leave reminders around the home.
Write yourself some notes on post-it notes and leave them around your house, such as on your mirror and fridge. They can say things like "Keep going! You want to lose 10 pounds" and "Remember to exercise today!" If there are some more personalized, motivational quotes that mean something to you and make you feel empowered, write them down. Update your notes with new ones now and then to keep things fresh.
Contact a company that offers weight loss services for additional advice.