4 tips for successful weight management

Are you trying to lose some fat, gain some muscle, or maintain what you have? Those are basically the only states you can be in, as a living person, and they are boil down to weight management. How well do you choose your foods? Do you know how much you should be eating every day? Are you actually eating that much? There are a lot of questions to answer, so today we’re going to break it all down to four tips to get you started.

1. Know what you eat

If you’re going through life eating whatever, whenever, without any real thoughts as to why, then you need to start paying attention. You should be able to tell someone when you last had a good serving of vegetables, about how much you’ve eaten in a given day, and whether or not anything has made you sick to your stomach recently. All of this is just “Eating 101” and represents the simple act of paying attention to what you put in your mouth.

2. Know your goals

What is it you really want? Can you measure it? Can you say, “if I make it to this specific point, then my goal is complete”? If not, then you don’t have goals…you have dreams. Dreams are great, but they don’t get you anywhere. Make sure you have a goal that not only you care about, but also that is measurable, sensible, and has a timeframe.

3. Find support

Going it alone is hard. You need some kind of support network to help you along. Whether you use Facebook, your family, a spouse/significant other, or any other option, you still need to be able to point to a support structure and say, “this person or these people care about my progress and want to see me succeed.” If you’re missing that, you can still make your goals, but it will be harder and more frustrating than it has to be.

4. Stay committed

Don’t go in half-assed. You will not meet your goals if you’re not doing the work, putting in the effort, and actively moving forward. Even if you only take babysteps, you are still making positive action your priority, and that’s what matters. Remember that the occasional backslide or mistake doesn’t ruin all your efforts! Didn’t eat a healthy lunch? Fine, next meal has to be healthy. Period. Missed a day at the gym? Make it up ASAP and then commit to not missing another day for three weeks or more. Recognize that all these little efforts and commitments will add up to success, if only you keep going.