If you think dieting and exercising are enough to help you lose weight in Singapore, think again! With so many good foods in this tiny island and busy work schedule, it is almost impossible. It is common to find many real-life stories of people spending hours in the gym and/or eating less for months only to discover things are not working as expected. But wait! Don’t get this wrong. Dieting and exercising are great, but for any weight loss regimen to work, you must change your mindset and lifestyle in the first place. If you are not sure how to do that, read here some useful tips.
Get your mind right
Perhaps, you equate to weight loss with strict rules, impractical routines, hard-to-follow diet, etc. What happens is – you try hard to adjust to a routine that you know would never work for you. And when you fail to follow the rules, you feel bad, guilty – as if you are cheating yourself. But this is not the way, as it can only lead you to failure. What you need is to learn how to see your slimming program in a positive light. You want to be inspired and motivated to lose weight. You must enjoy your weight loss journey and it should not be a burden on you. A suffocating routine, no matter how scientific it is, simply does not work. To achieve long-term success, you must change the way you think about weight loss.
“I’m ready to go to any extent, but I need immediate results.” If that sounds like you, be careful! Sliming does not happen overnight. If someone else says they can help lose weight fast, they are probably misguiding you. Think about it. It takes years to gain weight, but you want to lose that within weeks or months. Even if you lose weight really fast, you’ll actually lose lean tissues or water, but not that stubborn fat in your body. Quick results are temporary – not long-term. For best and permanent results, you need to lose weight slowly and gradually.
Set achievable goals
One way to keep yourself motivated in your journey to lose weight is by winning small milestones consistently. Set goals that are attainable and achieve them. Winning is a habit. Once you start winning small milestones, you’ll feel confident – which may help you push your limits and gradually move towards achieving your long-term goals. For instance, you can start by setting the below goals;
- Drinking one litre extra water every day
- Cycling to work
- Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day
- Consuming alcohol only in parties and special events
- Using the office stairs instead of elevators when you are not in a hurry
These simple steps can go a long way to help you kick-start your weight-loss journey.
Another good idea would be to share your problems with your closed ones and get mental support from them. For instance; you can ask a friend to join you in the gym. Or both of you can go take a slimming treatment together. When you are connected to the right people, it becomes easier to fight the battle against obesity.