There are literally thousands of weight loss tools available on the market, so how are you supposed to know which to choose?
I believe the best thing you can do, is keep things simple.
Indeed, simplifying your weight loss regimen overall, will help you to remain focused, and finally get results.
So, here are my 3 must-have tools for weight loss success
1. Use A Vision Board
I cannot recommend using a vision board enough.
This is a wonderful way to get that focus in your mind, which is often so difficult to achieve.
And, having your own visual creation like this, displayed somewhere noticeable, can really help you to get on with achieving your life goals.
Just remember to look at it often, and keep adding to it, as you come across new ideas and images that inspire you.
2. Journal What You Eat
Don’t allow the familiarity of this tip to detract from its usefulness.
Studies actually suggest that food journalling, in conjunction with a weight management program, can double your weight loss. That’s pretty amazing.
Researchers noted that,
The more food records people kept, the more weight they lost. Those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. It seems that the simple act of writing down what you eat encourages people to consume fewer calories. (Source)
Tips for successfully recording a food diary:
- Update your diary as you eat – it will be difficult to remember later on.
- Be specific or be vague – do whatever works for you personally.
- Keeping a food diary doesn’t have to be a formal thing. Maybe the simple act of quickly scribbling down what you eat is all that’s necessary. You could try using a post-it note, an excel spreadsheet, a white board, making a visual image using your camera or mobile phone, or try emailing or texting yourself what you’ve just eaten.
Just remember, it’s actually a lot more about the process of reflecting on what you eat, than how you choose to record your intake.
You don’t need to keep a food diary throughout the whole of your weight loss journey.
But, if you find you are struggling at some point, or you are having problems with emotional eating, for example, keeping a food diary can really help you to work out what’s going on.
3. Get Some Support
If you have a friend or partner who is going through the same process as you are, why not do something as a team, to keep each other on the right track?
Simply talking about what you want to achieve with someone else will help to cement your goals in your mind, and allow you to gain some focus. It also means you must be committed to not giving up, because you won’t want to let your friend down.
If you don’t have someone living nearby who you could partner up with, consider joining up with someone here on the forum for added support, encouragement, and guidance.
What are your best weight loss tools for success? Please share your ideas with us in the comments below…