The single most common phrase we hear from women wanting to lose weight is, “I know what I should be doing, I just need some accountability”. It’s one
of those words that can turn people off or move them to take action. Being accountable is the best way to lose weight and absolutely necessary for keeping weight off.
Here are 4 things you must do to set yourself up for a successful weight loss plan:
Set a goal and write it down. Your goal is a road map and without it you will be lost. Include a couple of things you want to achieve and a date for when you want to achieve it. For example, “I want to reach a weight of 160 pounds by May 31st”. Once you do this, you’ll have taken the first step in being accountable to yourself. It’s not a goal unless you write it down – until then, it’s just an idea.
Share your goal with someone else. In doing so, you’ve just taken a big step towards achieving it. You are more likely to succeed if you are accountable to someone else; a life coach, weight loss consultant, friend or spouse. Tell them how they can help you and they will feel special because you chose them!
Keep a food and exercise journal. At the very least, write down these two things, but feel free to include your thoughts, feelings, challenges and accomplishments. The more you journal, the more likely you are to succeed!
Weigh yourself regularly. Whether it’s daily or a few times a week, it’s another layer of accountability and a good scale will not lie to you. Owning a scale that also measures body fat is recommended so you can be sure you are losing fat and not muscle.
If these 4 tips seem out of reach, seek out the support of a coach or counselor who have a proven track record with women’s weight loss. Keeping accountable with a good “Coach” is the best way to lose weight for women!