One of the greatest motivators for losing weight is actually getting a taste of that feeling of success ahead of time. Many dieters report that seeing and feeling their progress along the way is exactly what spurs them on further. They want to continue gaining that emotional high as a reward each week. But what does a dieter do who hasn’t lost a pound yet and is at the very start of their journey? Take a look at the following tips on how to feel thinner at the beginning of your weight loss program for a few quick ideas on how to give yourself a bit of inspiration.
Tip #1: Shed the water weight. When starting out on a new diet and exercise plan, one of the best motivators is that initial weight loss that comes with losing excess water. With continued regular drinking the weight should stay off, so drink those 64 ounces a day for three days, along with cutting back on sodium, to gain instant results. A flatter, smoother, more taut stomach will start to emerge within just a few days time, serving as a reminder that results are possible with your continued work.
Tip #2: Skip sodas and carbonated beverages for one week. While you don’t have to forgo them forever, skipping caffeinated, carbonated beverages during your first week can decrease bloating and give the body a slimmer look all over….a great motivational source to keep you going.
Tip #3: Purchase a piece of sexy slimwear. With the advent of Spanx, wearing modern slimming undergarments has become more of a fashion trend than a weight loss woe. There’s no reason not to give yourself a preview of what’s to come after that first 5-10 pounds of weight loss right now. When you slip into your clothing, you’ll feel a mock version of the tightness that awaits you with continued effort.
Tip #4: Stretch and tone with yoga right away. Yoga serves two purposes here. One is to soothe the mind and ease binge eating associated with the stress of restricting calories. The second is to add length and elasticity to the body, making you appear firmer and more athletic after just a few sessions.
Tip #5: Weight lift to define. Weight training not only builds fat-burning muscle, but it also adds definition quickly. Even if you gain a few pounds of muscle initially that add a couple of digits to the scale, you’ll look and feel healthier and thinner in no time.
Tip #6: Go easy on the heavy meals, regardless of their calorie count. This tip is tricky, so pay careful attention. There may be the same amount of calories in a slice of pizza as there are in your loaded grilled chicken salad, but their content isn’t the same. Trans fats, sodium, sugar, and other fattening items need to be taken into consideration. “Clean” meals will decrease the likelihood of fat deposits developing around the waist and hips, so go healthier as well as eating a bit less.
Tip #7: Wear form fitting clothes right after your workout. Take advantage of that slimmer, sleeker feeling you get right after a great workout by wearing your tighter clothing when you leave the gym. For even better results, get in a workout immediately prior to a big night out, and show off that temporary definition before it fades.
Remember to reward yourself by loving your body now, and you’ll be more likely to stick with your weight loss plan as you go. Rather than waiting until you reach your goal weight, celebrate every victory in between….including taking the initiative to just begin.