Clearly define why you want to change by writing it down somewhere and thinking about it every morning. When you feel like you’re hitting a road block, or you’ve had a day when you derail temporarily — revisit your why the very next day and get back on track.
2. Eat intuitively.
I think we can all agree that whole, real foods offer much more by way of nutritional value and nourishment for the body than any processed food can. My No. 1 tip is to focus on consuming foods in the least processed state possible.
Most importantly, though, I encourage you to tune in to what your body is trying to tell you and eat in a way that feels good for you. What makes you feel energized, light, and like the best, healthiest version of you? Chances are it isn’t a bowl of fries and a hamburger. Eat what makes you feel good and stop when you feel full and satiated.
3. Shift your focus from weight to health.
Eating well is a lifestyle that supports your body with vibrant health and well-being. Eating well and exercising have huge benefits that extend far beyond a smaller pants size. Focus on improvements in your mood, energy, confidence, positivity, creativity, and a deeper and stronger connection with yourself, just to name a few.
4. Build a healthy network.
Studies show that those who foster strong social connections with others have a far greater success rate in achieving their health goals.
Build a healthy support system to hold you accountable. How this looks will vary from person to person, but I suggest finding a workout buddy or announcing your goals on Facebook or Instagram. Be honest and tell friends and family members your goals and how serious you are about them. If they aren’t on board, find someone who is!
5. Find other ways to nurture yourself.
Along the way, many of us have formed a strong emotional attachment to eating. When we’re stressed, anxious, happy, angry, or sad, we often reach for food. Here are some alternate ways to comfort yourself when you’re in a bad place: