There are plenty of people out there who want to lose weight, but not everybody will reach their goal. And why is that? It’s because wishing to lose weight and actually doing it are two different things.

We can have an idea about the shape we want to be, but if it involves a big change, then it’s not going to be as straightforward as simply setting a target and working towards it (even though we’d like it to be).

This is a complex issue, and it’s important to get all the help that you can get. Below, we take a look at a number of additional tips that’ll help you to achieve your desired weight.

Find a Partner

One of the reasons why people fail is because they’re relying almost entirely on their self-discipline and motivation. This will be a good starting point, but it’s normally not robust enough to ride out the tough times. It turns out that self-accountability isn’t all that effective!

If you want to lose weight, it’s a good idea to find a partner. A family member or friend can help us to stay on track, giving us that extra nudge of encouragement when we need it. You’ll also help them when they need a little bit of help, too!

Get Additional Help

We know some things that can help us lose weight, but there aren’t any guarantees that they’re going to work as effectively or as quickly as we’d like. As such, it’s recommended that you look at additional ways to help you slim down.

This could involve drinking post-workout shakes, or taking medication for weight loss. They’ll help to turbocharge your efforts, and might just be the ounce of extra help that you need. It’s like with anything else we try to achieve: it’s always a good idea to make the most of additional resources that can help. 

Track Your Calories

Making sure that you eat healthy meals is an important part of losing weight. Alas, some people make some fundamental errors when it comes to their food.

For instance, they can have a misunderstanding of what constitutes healthy eating, and actually do more harm than good (for example, skipping breakfast has been shown not to be effective).

There’s also the issue of portion sizes. It’s a good start to make sure all your food is healthy, but only if you’re eating the right amount — keep track of your calories; it might just show you where you’re going wrong. 

Find Something You Love To Do 

Everyone joins a gym with the best of intentions, but interest slowly (or sometimes rapidly) begins to wane — and that’s because the gym can be a little boring if you’re not completely sold on the idea. Instead, look at doing an activity that you really enjoy.

It’s much better to spend thirty minutes a day cycling rather than having a gym membership but never using it. Love your exercise, and you won’t even notice that you’re also getting your weight in shape! 

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Andrea Wilson is a 25-year-old writer and artist who enjoys tea, reading and working out. You can find her in front of a book or at the gym.

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