Set Small Goals — Jenna L.
“Have small goals to get to your big goals because you get overwhelmed and defeated when you don’t reach something as fast as you want. So maybe just this week I’m going to lose 2 pounds and keep at that until you start chipping into your overall goal.
Keep meals prepped, write goals, and keep them where you can see them.”
Ease Into Habits and Reward Yourself — Chelsie B.
“Don’t cut out everything you love at once. If you’re a pop drinker and a sugar lover, don’t go cold turkey. If you drink 1 can of pop a day… start doing 1/2 a can of pop a day for a week, after that do less then a 1/2 can of pop a day, and keep going until you’re completely off. Replace a can of pop with an Idealboost! Best thing I have ever done!
If you’re a sugar lover, don’t cut it out completely. Reward yourself with something you love once a week. I always look forward to my Fridays because I pick one thing I have been craving all week.”
Weight Loss is a Roller Coaster — Nicole S. (2015 Weight Loss Challenge Grand Prize Winner)
“Trust the process, use the [IdealPlan], and realize that weight loss is a roller coaster. Weight doesn’t just go down, down, down. There will be ups and downs, but trust the process. IdealShape is a TOOL for success, not a magic crash diet.”
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Eat Enough and Eat Clean — Yvonne S.
“What I tell most people is to not stop eating, but to eat clean! Do not fast or do too low of calories. I love the diet [IdealShape] gives us with their meal replacements. I completely removed processed foods and sugar. Did not count calories. Reducing processed foods and sugar almost completely removes unhealthy carbs. Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!…
In one sentence, eat clean! No processed foods or sugar, and healthy IdealShakes to help with vitamins and nutrients!”
Don’t Get Stuck on the Scale — Kelly T.
“Don’t get frustrated when the number on the scale doesn’t drastically drop!
It took a lifetime for most of use to gain the weight, so it is going to take some time for your body to get rid of it. In my honest opinion, the scale can be VERY EVIL! Most of the time the number on the scale stays the same but our bodies are losing inches in different places, and even gaining some muscle!
I know for me personally it was something I struggled with, the number on the scale wouldn’t budge for a while and I would beat myself up over it! But really you just need to stay focused and positive through your journey, have fun with it!”
Have a Positive Support System — Kerry P.
“Have a positive support system around you while you’re making this VERY challenging lifestyle change. I was fortunate enough to have a husband who also needed to shed some weight, so we were able to make these changes together.
We eliminated the junk food from the house, we drank our IdealShake together, and when one of us was craving something unhealthy, the other would be there to say, ‘We really don’t need to be eating that.’ We kept each other in check.
However, before we were both successful together, I had several unsuccessful attempts to change my lifestyle and lose weight without the support of my husband. It was SO hard (and obviously that’s why I wasn’t successful). I’m a working mom, my job is super stressful, so despite if I had eaten healthy things all day long, if I came home after working 12 hours and there was pizza on the table, I was going to eat it. Then eventually I would stop caring, go back to what I was eating before, and my weight would go up even higher.
But once Jon and I decided that we were in it together, and just done with feeling just so ‘blah’ all the time, I knew that I had someone reliable to hold me accountable. It became much less of a burden and my goals felt much more attainable. It was like having a live-in cheerleader.
Support didn’t just come from home either. I have amazing co-workers who knew that I was trying to lose weight and be healthier. They were nice enough to never tell me if there were donuts or cookies in the break room. 🙂
I appreciate that they didn’t tempt me or try to sabotage my progress. Same with our friends. They will bring healthy snacks over if we were having a get together or bring fruit as a dessert instead of a sugary baked good.
Not to say that you can’t achieve your weight loss and fitness goals without a wide social circle. But when people take notice of what you’re doing and what you’re trying to accomplish, they generally want to see you succeed.
For me, it seemed as if my personality changed once the weight came off because I just felt better. I was a happier, more social person and more people liked that person. People were “feeding” the happy person with support and encouragement and stopped feeding the unhappy person with cupcakes and regret. 😉
I think for many of us, weight loss and maintenance is a lifelong struggle.
I know for me it has been and will continue to be. But knowing that I am surrounded by people who want to see me be successful in my weight loss journey and continue to be a healthier, happier person, makes all the difference.”
Don’t Diet — Leigh W.
“Make a lifestyle change, don’t go on a diet. Please don’t use the word diet. I feel like that word sets you up for failure because it’s temporary, like you can go back to your old ways once you drop the weight.
But let’s be real we got this way because of our old ways.
Don’t give everything up. If you love pasta, bread, or wine, or cream in your coffee, you can still have those just in moderation and some healthy tweaking.
Don’t overwhelm yourself by changing everything at once. Make small changes but do it every day and keep pushing. If you have a bad day, Oh well… reset. Do not let it drag you back under.
Exercise you will love yourself so much more by doing it. It’s good for your body and mind.”
Believe in Yourself — Britney R.
“My #1 piece of advice is believe in yourself and stick with it. Don’t give up!” – Britney R.
Don’t Be Afraid of Failure — Christina C.
“Don’t be afraid of failure. Sometimes when we look at the goals we set for ourselves, we can become a little intimidated and worried that we may not be able to succeed. The last thing anyone wants is to let themselves down!
But there is one thing about this process that I know for sure to be true, if you don’t believe in yourself, no one will.
When I first started my weight loss journey, I was so terrified that I would fail and end up letting myself down. I went a few weeks before I saw the scale move, and I started to get discouraged. But as the weeks went on, and I continued to push forward, I found that people around me started noticing a change in me.
Even though I wasn’t losing tons of weight at first, the ambition that I had in myself was noticeable. Those positive vibes alone gave me the push to keep going.
Successful weight loss takes time and patience. The amount of effort that you put into your goal decides the amount of success you will get in return. The reality is, you will NEVER fail if you try.
Odds are, you will discover more things about yourself during this journey than you thought. How hard can you push yourself? How much is too much? When to rest and when to keep pushing on! You are stronger than you think. Body, mind and spirit.
Don’t let fear of the unknown divert your path to greatness.”
Here’s the Deal on How to Lose Weight
Every weight loss story is different. You could ask 100 people how to lose weight and you’ll get 100 different answers.
The important thing is to find what works for you. It’s also important to have proven tools and strategies to support your goals.
The IdealPlan has everything you need to lose weight and change your life for the better. We put our heart and soul into this plan and we know it will help you transform your life and reach your ideal.