5 Ways to Make Weight Loss Fun
Of all the words that might spring to mind at the thought of embarking on a weight-loss program, "FUN" is probably not one of them.
We associate the process of losing weight with suffering and deprivation, but why should that be the case?
What happens in a weight-loss program when you stop thinking about it as a negative experience and focus on what is positive about it?
The results of losing weight are certainly positive. New clothes, a new ability to do things that might have been impossible or just uncomfortable before, a better-looking body and improved health are all things to get excited about, so why treat losing weight as such a terrible chore?
The first step toward making weight loss fun is to change your attitude about it. Try focusing on what weight loss adds to your life rather than focusing on what you can't eat, drink and do. You may be constantly hearing a message about how difficult and unpleasant losing weight is, but you don't have to believe that message, and you don't have to repeat it to yourself.
It's not just a matter of convincing yourself. There are a number of ways that weight loss really can be made more enjoyable.
#1 Enjoy Some Activities with a Friend or Two
Every gym sees a surge of signups just after the holidays as people vow to get in shape as a New Year's resolution and then a drop in attendance as resolve fails in the following months. As with eating healthy, it's almost as though people think they aren't approaching fitness correctly unless it feels like a chore. In fact, making fitness a chore means that it is more likely you won't keep doing it. There is a physical activity for almost anyone.
Would you prefer a solitary activity, exercising with a friend or a team sport? How much structure do you want? Do you want a workout plan or a class, or would you just prefer an activity that gets you moving? Whether you choose swimming, backpacking, ultimate Frisbee, crewing a dragon boat, learning to box, yoga classes or something else, you are sure to eventually land on something that is fun for you. There are also a number of apps designed to add an extra dimension of fun to many fitness activities.
#2 Explore Some New Taste Sensations
Some people eat to live and don't care about food as anything but fuel, but for the most part, those people aren't struggling with weight loss. Enjoying food is one reason for weight gain in the first place. Eating food that is healthy and lower in calories doesn't have to mean no longer enjoying it. It just means learning about new food, new flavors and new ways of cooking.
Furthermore, replacing old unhealthy food habits with fun and flavorful ones is a better way of ensuring that you will stick to the new way of eating. Rather than treating a diet as a time of deprivation, think of it as a time to learn about new cuisines, new ingredients, new flavors and new techniques.
#3 Walk Somewhere Just for FUN
A common piece of advice when it comes to losing weight is to walk more whether that means getting off the bus a stop early, parking at a greater distance from store entrances or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
This movement can add up, and there are a number of devices on the market to measure how far you walk over the course of a day. While setting goals and keeping track of these distances can be encouraging, there is another way to make it fun, and that is choosing a destination. Picking two geographical points to travel between can motivate you to walk more whether those points are on a real map or are places from your favorite book, movie or TV show. You can track your distances and note what progress you have made each day and what you may have seen along the way.
#4 Give Yourself Some Rewards
While it is important to make the process of weight loss itself fun, positive reinforcement can still provide strong motivation. As with fitness activities, you should choose what works best as a reward for you whether that is a soak in a hot tub, binging on a favorite TV show or buying yourself something. You don't want to get into a habit of rewarding yourself with food, but if it is important to you, a small treat as a reward can stave off cravings that lead to binge eating.
#5 Track Your Progress
Keeping track of pounds and inches lost is important to giving yourself a sense of accomplishment. Reminding yourself of your progress may also boost that progress and push you past plateaus and periods of stalled weight loss. Losing weight should be about adding something to your life instead of taking something away. If you can make it as much about the process as about the results, you will have more fun and more success as you shed pounds.
Practical Tips for Success with the Meta-Switch Weight Management System
Many people diet as a means of looking and feeling better. But dieting alone is not the answer. There are other things you should do to help lose weight while maintaining a healthy body. Dieting can seem, at times, like hard work. And who wants to work more? Therefore, here are some FUN and Practical Tips for taking the "hard-work" out of dieting with the Meta-Switch System.
Create a Goal Chart
The first tip is to create a bright, colorful goal chart. On a neon poster come up with a unique design to showcase the goals that you set for yourself in losing weight. Keep your goals attainable. Start at the bottom of the chart and list a reasonable goal and work your way up to your final goal. Add some colorful pictures and stickers to the chart. Place the chart on a wall where you will see it daily.
Star Chart for your diet
Another chart that is fun and will help is a star chart. On a poster draw a weekly schedule for taking your Meta-Switch capsules. Each day as you take them place a gold star on that day. At the bottom draw a chart for your snack bars, or Curb bars. Each time you eat one of these instead of another snack give yourself a silver star. This is fun and will give you a sense of accomplishment when you see the stars accumulated on the poster.
Exercise with a Buddy
Exercising alone is no fun. It helps to have someone there to talk with. This also helps to keep you going with your diet. If you are alone you may decide not to exercise today. If you have a buddy they will hold you accountable. Turn on some music while exercising. Dance and enjoy yourself.
The Water Bank
Drinking water is important with the Meta-Switch diet. But not everyone enjoys water. It is important to drink water with the capsules as well as the curb bar. Set up a piggy bank or can. Each time you get a glass of water and drink the entire glass put a quarter into the bank. Check periodically to see how much change you have acquired. The heavier the bank becomes the better you will feel.
Cutting down on stress
Stress levels rise and tend to cause us to gain weight. While stress is always going to arise at some point or other, there are different ways to deal with this. When a stressful situation rears its ugly head take a breather. Turn off your phone and find a relaxing place. Swinging is a wonderful way to relax. It gives you a sense of flying and freedom as the wind blows through your hair. Water can also take away stress. Swim or take a bath. Children tend to not be under as much stress because they have fun. If you feel stress coming on, take a little time to see life as a child does. In a short time the stress is gone and you can get back to what you need to.
Rest makes a Difference
It is always important to get plenty of rest. But oftentimes we lay down to sleep and our minds are so filled with duties we must tackle that we can't seem to get the proper rest. About 2 hours before bedtime take some time to unwind. Play a game or watch a good movie. Turn off the phone and just enjoy some time. Reading is a good way to relax. Or fill up the tub with a good bubble bath. Plenty of rest leads to a healthier you and a healthier waistline.
Measure your Waist as you Go
Measuring your waistline is an idea to give you the confidence you need. As you measure your waist and see it growing smaller, you will begin to feel much better about yourself. Each time you lose inches give yourself a reward. Rent a movie or buy a new blouse. Knowing you will get rewarded for losing inches will help ensure that you stay with it and don't give up.
These are a few tips to help make your Meta-Switch diet fun and interesting. If you have a friend wanting to lose weight you can do these things together. Using these tips will create a fun, stress-free diet. And the results will show a change in weight as well as a healthier you.