While I seem to be more an expert on gaining weight than losing it, I thought I would share some of the successful strategies I have discovered on my weight loss journey(s).
But first, a little background... I am almost 60 years old. My weight problems didn't begin until almost 18 years ago when my sixth child was born. Being nearly 42 at that time, I was warned of a certain element of risk with child bearing at that age. What wasn't mentioned, though, was that my metabolism would never be the same! Sometime during that pregnancy, something happened that made the weight gained during pregnancy impossible to shed without extreme measures. I know now that somehow my metabolism shifted at that time, making my old eating habits detrimental to my weight.
So began the journey.
The most important thing you can do when trying to lose weight is to know you can do it! Don't doubt yourself or your willpower. Some days will be easier than others, but you just have to wake up every day and see yourself achieving your goal. If you fail to maintain your goal one day, that doesn't mean you failed altogether. Tomorrow you start fresh!
Next, be realistic. If you have a lot of weight to lose, take it slow. If you expect to lose it all quickly, you will be disappointed. As long as you are losing one to two pounds a week, your plan is working.
If your plan is not working (if you stop losing one to two pounds a week), take time to analyze the reason why. You may need to find a plan that fits you and your lifestyle better. I have found that a combination of counting calories and counting carbs is a good fit for me. This way, I can fit all the foods that are healthy into my daily menus so that my health doesn't suffer and I don't feel deprived.
Get more active. If you've been inactive for a while, start out slowly. But do start. Walking is the simplest form of activity. You can play it up or down. You can take a stroll around the block or a hike on a woodsy trail, depending on your mood or your availability. Consistency is the key, though. You will never regret making exercise part of your life.
Losing weight IS a journey and every pound lost is a victory to be enjoyed along the way. When that last pair of pants becomes too big, and you need to go down a belt size, you will feel great about taking the time and making the effort to make yourself the best you can be.