Just about anyone who has ever followed a weight loss plan experiences a moment like this: You were doing well, things were going as planned… and then your plan was derailed. Maybe stress got to you, or social events took the focus off of your health goals, or something else. But now you’ve gone off of your weight loss plan and regained some of your formerly-shed pounds. Now what?
No worries. A temporary setback doesn’t have to become permanent! Just follow these tips to get back on track toward your goals.
Ditch the guilt. Indulging in guilt won’t help things, and might make it more likely that you’ll continue down the same path. Forgive yourself for being human, and remember that tomorrow is a new day full of new opportunities to make healthier choices.
Start right now, with anything. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed, ruminating on the pounds you must lose once again. Just do something, anything, to get started right now. Lace up your shoes and go for a walk, or clean the junk food out of your pantry. Getting started is often the hardest part.
Make a meal plan. Part of the reason some people veer off course is because they stopped planning their meals and began eating intuitively again. That’s when the subtle “cheating” began, and snowballed into more and more added, empty calories within your diet. Sit down and make a meal plan each week, and stick to it.
Share your plans with friends and family. Tell you you goofed, that you’re taking responsibility for it, and that you need their support. Speaking your intentions out loud will help you stay accountable to your goals.
Get help from the experts. Remember that we’re here for you, every step of the way. Give us a call to discuss your setbacks, and we’ll help you get back on track toward a weight loss plan that works for you.