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6 Successful Habits of People Who Lost Weight

6 Successful Habits of People Who Lost Weight

Learning the theory behind weight loss is an easy step, but applying it and sticking to it until the end are the most difficult parts. There are lots of methods and diets that result in a caloric deficit out there, but they all require patience and a lot of perseverance! Many people start the process strong but quit really soon, mostly because they didn’t get the results they were expecting and they don’t realize that a small progress is still progress!

But there are also many people who successfully transformed their bodies and they all have a few things in common. Here are 6 successful habits of people who lost weight:

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1. They Set Realistic Goals

While losing 25 lbs. in one month might sound amazing, it is simply not a realistic and healthy goal. In any area of life, including fitness, successful people will always set SMART goals. That means a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.

For your weight loss journey you can start by having the goal of losing 4 lbs. each month. It may not sound like a lot, but it is definitely a SMART goal that can be easily achieved by any person, no matter their age and previous experience in fitness. The numbers will differ from one person to another, and many people (especially obese people) will lose much more than 4 lbs. in the first month.

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2. They Measure Everything

Successful people keep track of their progress and carefully measure different aspects over time. They do not just settle with measuring their weight, they also measure the percentage of body fat and muscle mass, the diameter of different body parts, and they also take before and after photos.

3. They Have Patience

Patience is one of the key elements when it comes to losing weight. A successful person will have patience and will keep on going no matter what. Like everyone else they also have moments of disappointment, but they continue the journey and don’t stop until they reach their goal.

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4. They Don’t Feel Guilty

No matter how strong you are mentally, your body will not enjoy the caloric deficit and will crave for any kind of food, especially high-caloric junk foods. Not to mention all the temptations that are around and all the people who will try to sabotage you.

It may happen that you will have a slip once in a while, but successful people will know that it’s not the end of the world and that they can easily fix this in the next few days. They don’t feel guilty about a pizza or a cake they had on a special occasion, and they keep on sticking to their diet 90% of the time. Actually, it’s even recommended to have a cheat day once in a while to keep your metabolism revving. As long as you eat clean most of the time, don’t feel guilty about the occasional slip-ups.

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5. They Feel Proud and Confident

No matter what everyone around them tells them, successful people are proud of their progress so far and confident that they can reach their goal and the body they have always desired. Even if Mom says that you look just fine and you don’t need to lose any more weight, keep on going and stick to the original plan. Be proud of how far you’ve come and don’t hesitate to share your achievement with everyone around you.

6. They Help Others

Someone who is proud of their weight loss journey will gladly help others and offer them information and support. They won’t hesitate to share their diet or their workout plan and they will try to take as many people as possible along in their journey to a fit body and a healthy life. Even if they get a lot of turn-downs, they will still continue to preach their new lifestyle and help others whenever they need it.

Now that you know some of the successful habits of people who transformed their bodies, do you think you have what it takes to be one of them? Are there any other aspects that we missed? Share your opinions with us in the comments area below!

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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