In a perfect world, there’d be an overnight magic pill that dissolved all our fat in all the right places while we continue to indulge in all the food we desire. We’ve got lots of medical-grade vitamins and supplements – but not that! Realistically, weight loss success is a balanced combination of planning, discipline, patience, and grace.
Together, let’s examine five must-have tips to achieve weight loss success:
1. Start to meal plan.
Healthy food consumption is the key to weight loss success – it is even more important than exercise and medications! In 2019, only 29% of consumers meal planned for the entire week (see graph). We bet they’re Red Mountain patients! Rise above the rest and rid your kitchen of temptation. Trash those forbidden foods from your house and stock up on allowable foods. Research RM3 approved recipes, and spend time preparing your meals daily, or preparing larger amounts of food in advance once or twice a week.
2. Give yourself permission for self-care.
Take out a post it and literally write yourself a permission slip for self-care. We emphasize the importance to take the time to care for yourself and your health. What does this look like? Meal prepping and exercising. While we all lead busy lives, we do a disservice to our loved ones if we don’t take care of ourselves. A healthy you equals a happy you, and your family will be sure to celebrate with you as you gain more self-confidence and carve time for yourself.
3. Be consistent with new habits.
“Consistent action creates consistent results.” Consistency goes both ways – while it is easy to believe that a little candy bar or a little scoop of ice cream is harmless, pretty soon this small decision snowballs, and “a little” becomes “a lot”. Instead of spiraling into old habits, push yourself into new habits: consistently sticking to the RM3 plan, for example, or meal planning every week, to start! We’ve got you covered on how to break bad habits and replace them with good ones.
4. Be patient with the scale.
Weight loss occurs in a step-wise fashion, and plateaus are normal. You could follow your plan perfectly, and you may not see the scale drop every day. You may ask yourself, “Why isn’t the scale moving in the right direction?” We understand your frustration, but be patient. The scale will soon demonstrate your efforts.
5. Look at weight loss as a lifestyle.
Weight loss is a journey, not a destination. The work does not end when you reach your weight loss goal. You’ve changed your life! Now it’s time to change your lifestyle. Occasionally, you may have more calories and an indulgence; but most days, you should still be eating the healthy, nutrient-dense foods introduced to you during the weight loss phase. You realize you’re now one of those healthy people you used to admire! And you’re not that way by accident – everyday, you practice healthy habits.
With your hard work and dedication to these tips you will achieve weight loss success! But don’t wait to book your next evaluation with your provider for the next step in your weight loss journey – Transition Month. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.