8 Tips for Extreme Weight Loss

Extreme weight loss is always a possibility but most people want to be able to maintain their weight loss over time and conventional wisdom says that if you lose your weight slowly, you are more likely to keep it off over the long haul. Still, if you are hell-bent and determined to engage in extreme weight loss, here are some tips you can use to keep you on track and motivated.

  1. Purchase a digital scale
    This is definitely easy. There are lots of fitness places or even medical supply houses where you can buy a good, inexpensive digital scale. I recommend purchasing one even before you start your diet and make sure that it is calibrated correctly so your readings will be accurate. You can purchase one that will keep track of your weight over wi-fi and even send you reports via email. These kind of scales are readily available at places like Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart. Most extreme dieters will tell you this is a good investment.

  2. Weigh each morning
    Most people who are on diets will say you should only weigh yourself once a week. If you are going to do some extreme dieting, you should definitely weigh yourself every morning. If you the kind of person who is goal oriented, it will be important for you to see results on a daily business. Your scale should be accurate to within .2 pounds. This seemingly small increment will make a big difference to you most days. If you weigh 150.0 one day and 148.6 the next, that will be a good motivating factor for you to focus on. The more success you can see on a daily basis, the easier it will be for you to stay focussed and motivated.

  3. Drink plenty of water daily
    Most people will tell you that is very important to stay “hydrated” while you are dieting and especially while you are extreme dieting. I say it for an entirely different reason. Keeping your stomach full will help you stay full. There is, of course, no scientific proof that this works. Just my own experience. I find that if my stomach isn’t rumbling and telling me I’m hungry I am much less likely to snack and eat things I shouldn’t. I drink 8 glasses of water each day and it has helped me enormously.

  4. Tell your friends that you’re dieting
    The more people who know you’re actively trying to lose weight, the bigger your cheering section will be. You will also feel more accountable to your friends and co-workers if they know you’re trying to lose weight. So the next time you go out for lunch, you might be more inclined to skip that gooey dessert if you know everyone will be watching what you’re eating. If your friends and co-workers and boyfriend all know you’re dieting, it will help keep you on the straight and narrow because no one likes to fail publicly. You might run into  circumstance where you tell someone you’re dieting and they question why you might want to do that. “Oh, you’re not overweight!” they will tell you. But remember, you are doing this for yourself. If you know you’re overweight and you want to lose some of it, that’s all the motivation you need. There is no reason to have to justify what you are doing to another person.

  5. Only diet during the week
    I know this is unconventional but it works for me. I am very, very careful about what I eat during the week, especially when I am at work. But in order for me to lose the 50 pounds I need and want to lose, stretching my diet into the weekend was just too hard. So, I allow myself to take the weekend off and give myself a bit of a congratulations for getting through yet another tough work week. This way, I find myself psychologically motivated to climb back onto my diet when Monday comes around again. The weekend becomes a time for me to mentally recharge my batteries.

  6. Don’t let your whole life become your diet
    Some days it might be physically impossible for you to eat healthily. That’s okay. Things happen. Don’t berate yourself because you succumbed to a bag of buttered popcorn when you went to the movies. Don’t chastise yourself for scarfing down that chocolate milkshake on your way home from work on Monday. It happens. Just don’t use those momentary lapses as an excuse to lapse each and every day or your diet will go nowhere fast. It will impossible to avoid birthday celebrations at your office or retirement parties. Just go with the flow and do your best to stick to it. If you fall off the wagon on occasion, that’s fine. Just be mindful and be more careful the next day.

  7. Keep your food changes small
    Of course every diet book tells you this. We all know this. Blah,blah, blah. But here’s a twist. You don’t have to give up everything you love. In fact, quite the contrary. I say, “Give up nothing you love. Just mind the portions you eat!” This has worked well for me. I eat everything that I used to eat all the time. Oreo ice cream is my favorite and I have a bowl almost every night after dinner. How much? ⅓ of a cup. And, yes, I measure it carefully. I am not into deprivation. I learned a long time ago that doesn’t work for me. So, I eat potato chips and cheese cake. I just eat much smaller portion sizes. It works for me.

  8. Keep track of your red flag weight
    Losing all your weight is just the beginning. Once you’ve achieved that goal, the next goal is to maintain your weight loss. That’s where the really hard work comes in. So, I have a red flag weight that I will never allow myself to go over. Because, you know, you will find that the pounds will creep back on slowly. If you continue to weigh yourself every day and find yourself approaching that red flag weight, it is time to go back to your basics of eating properly and exercising. That is the only way you’ll be able to maintain. Weight loss is not just a “one time thing”. It is forever.

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