The Crucial Elements You’ll Find in Every Weight Loss Success Story
Ask anyone who has tried to lose weight before and they’ll tell you that it’s no easy task. From diet fixes to fitting in exercise regularly, in order to succeed in losing weight, you have to make it a top priority. [slideshow:80071]
Unfortunately, though, that’s not all you have to do. On top of deciding it’s a priority, you’ll need to find motivation, garner social support and measure your progress—or at least that’s what people have done to find weight loss success in the past.
It’s clear that no two weight loss stories are exactly alike—but there are certainly some big similarities. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, why not take a look at a few things that have worked for others? When it comes to losing weight, here are the things that success stories have in common.
Prior to starting a successful weight loss journey, those most likely to see it through have at least one major reason—or motivation—for trying to lose weight. That source of motivation helps throughout the process. One study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found a significant correlation between motivation and weight loss over the course of a 16-week online program. The authors of the study said that their findings “suggest that building motivation may be an effective means of promoting adherence and weight loss."
Setting Clear Goals
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a major source for health research and education, highlights setting goals as a top “behavior that will help you lose weight.” They say that choosing the right type of goals is an important first step and that goals should ideally be “specific, attainable and forgiving.” Setting personal short and long-term goals helps outline a clear path and a way to measure success.