Always Keep It Simple. Don’t set the bar so high for yourself that you create a pattern of failure. Setting unrealistic goals only builds more stress into your life; more stress, equals more cortisol, which equals more belly fat—a vicious cycle. Start with small, achievable goals.
Get a Support Circle. Anyone who successfully achieves their health goals has people supporting them. Get a best friend or spouse to help keep you accountable, or join a web site that has online groups you can become a part of. Support is critical to success!
FOCUS IS POWER. Once you’ve established the “why” you have got to get the “what” of your goal down. This will give you a concrete goal to work towards. Don’t just say “I want to lose weight.” Establish how many pounds you want to lose and by what date. Or if your goals are more fitness-related, pick an event that you can train for like a local walk or run.
Get a Visual Motivator. I always tell my clients to look for a inspirational photo—maybe you want to look like Gwen Stefani or Matthew Mcconaughey. Find a good picture of them and put it on a bulletin board or something you see often. You can add other things to this board, like places you want to go or a pair of jeans you want to buy. These visual images will help motivate you towards your goal.
Keep a food journal. A recent study showed that people who keep track of what they ate throughout the day doubled their weight loss. NO calorie counting though. Keep it simple. Just be aware of what you put in your mouth. Do this for 3 days.
And Some Extras:
Stay hydrated. Your body can mistake thirst for hunger and cause you to eat unnecessarily. Quench thirst first, then see where your hunger stands. I recommend 8 glasses of water a day. Drinking 16 ounces first thing in the morning gets your metabolism revved to start the day.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids. These are what’s known as “good fats” – or what I call NON-Fats. They help your body repair tissue, decrease levels of bad cholesterol, lower risk of heart disease…and best thing when it comes to weight loss, they satiate hunger. 1 tablespoon a day.
Ask the Right Questions. The questions you ask yourself determine how you feel. Instead of asking “Why am I so fat?” ask yourself “How can I lose my belly fat?” Ask questions that create empowering answers that give you direction instead of keeping you stalled in the same place.
Create Rewards. Build in non-food-based rewards for yourself. These can be things like massages, a manicure or pedicure, or a trip to the theater or a concert. Write them down! “If I reach my goal of losing XX number of pounds by this date, I will give myself the gift of a massage.”
Get a Power Phrase or Mantra. Start your day with an empowering or motivating phrase that gets you in a good mindset for the day. This can help you stay on track with your weight-loss or fitness goals, but also help you take on any other challenges in your day. Look at yourself in the mirror and repeat the phrase that works for you— “I am in control,” “I am going to win,” “I can do this”…customize one for yourself. It sounds silly, but it really works!