Weight loss isn't good for just you; it's good for your whole family. Begin making subtle changes now, without announcing them, and your family will be better able to manage their weight too. Examples of this would be buying reduced-fat cream cheese, peanut butter, low-fat or nonfat cottage cheese, moving gradually to lower-fat or fat-free milk, and even reduced-fat cheeses, which can be quite flavorful.
In the same way that you need to monitor what you eat when trying to lose weight, you also need to weigh yourself regularly. This is because you need to give yourself reason to set and achieve goals in order to stay motivated. Be sure to record your starting weight so that you'll know how far you have to go. Also, how often to weigh is up to you. Some people recommend daily weighing, but most would agree that since weight can go up and down so dramatically from day to day, it's actually discouraging to weigh too often. A less stressful approach would be to weigh in once every 1 or 2 weeks - or even once a month.
An important factor in losing weight is self motivation. When you feel like the going gets tough, just remind yourself of all the important reasons you wanted to lose weight. Another great motivator is to set some daily goals and when you reach your goals, buy yourself something. Say for example, you can lose 3 pounds every two weeks and reward yourself with a new video game or pair of shoes. This can help keep you motivated for the long haul.
Any diet plan you're on in an attempt to shed those stubborn pounds can be summed up in a very simple and very short sentence. You need to eat less and exercise more! Of course, a lot of diet plans will have specific menu items and exercises you can try, but that simple sentence says everything you need to know about dieting.
To maintain a healthy weight, eat five to six small, nutritious meals per day rather than three large meals. By splitting your meals up into smaller portions, you can keep your metabolism running strong, helping you to maintain your ideal weight. Not only that, but small, frequent meals can give you an energy boost when you need it most, helping you stay alert and focused throughout the day.