Are you finally going on that diet you’ve been postponing for months? Maybe you felt intimidated by so many types of diets, different meal plans, calorie counting, targeted workouts, and overall the pressure and feeling that you have to lose weight.

Losing weight is already a difficult ordeal in and of itself, so getting yourself psyched up shouldn’t be difficult. We’ve covered eight simple tips that you can follow to get you ready for that weight loss journey!

First and foremost, you have to carefully think of the reason why you want to lose weight. Are you finally ready to commit? Working out and eating clean isn’t something you just do for a while and then quit. A healthier lifestyle is also a commitment to yourself, mentally and physically.

If you’re ready to go on a long-term plan to losing weight and keeping it off, you should be ready to change many aspects of your life, like how you eat, what you eat, your activity level, and even the way you interact in public.

When you’re going on a weight loss journey, make sure that you’re in the right headspace, and that you’re also surrounded by good people who will support you throughout your weight loss journey. If you’re going to easily cave into that “it’s just a brownie!” line from your friend when you’re having brunch, then maybe you aren’t ready.

When you’ve decided that you’re finally going to do it, make sure you set reasonable expectations! If you’ve been looking online for quickest ways to lose weight, don’t fall into the trap of believing in weight loss scams that claim they will help you lose 10 pounds in a week. It doesn’t happen that easily, and you might just be putting your health in more danger!

Set small goals first – start off by making it a habit to walk 15 to 30 minutes a day. You don’t have to sign up for the gym yet, but make sure you start being physically active. You can also start by decreasing your calorie intake by a total of 3500 calories weekly (that’s 500 calories per day) to shed a pound in a week.

Ditch the liquid calories. This means no more juice, no more sports drinks, no more soda! Train yourself to only drink water, and try to aim for a liter of water per every hour you exercise. If not, you can drink 40 ml per kilogram of your body weight. We know this one is probably one of the hardest habits to ditch, so if you’re finding it difficult to ditch flavored drinks, we recommend drinking lemon water instead – in fact, here are 10 other benefits of lemon water that have nothing to do with weight loss.

Figure out which foods you like and which ones you don’t like (or ones you’re actually not allowed to eat due to allergies). We know that part of what makes dieting so hard is because all the meal plans online require you to eat quinoa or avocado toast. These might not be appealing to you, which means the moment you see a photo of an avocado on a meal prep calendar, you start to lose motivation all over again.

But the thing is, these avocado toast recipes are everywhere – especially on Pinterest. Don’t rely on preset meal prep plans (although we recognize that they’re very helpful), but instead, look for alternatives. Swap that avocado toast for a serving of ricotta cheese and berry preserve, frozen banana (rolled in yogurt), even a mini frittata!

Do your research so you can stock your fridge with diet-friendly, but delicious and satisfying foods that you can stick to long-term.

Eat carefully – and by that, we mean make sure you’re actually present when you eat. Never eat in front of the TV, while you’re scrolling through your phone, or while you’re in front of the computer! Do you even look at your phone as you scoop it and put it in your mouth?

Believe it or not, your “presence” does matter. Digestion doesn’t just begin when saliva starts to coat the food, it also begins visually. As your brain sees the food in front of you, it actually begins to produce the saliva, which of course starts the digestion process.

And it’s not just looking at the food that requires you to be present and mindful. Chew carefully – if you chew your food too fast, then you will keep eating and eating without realizing you’re already full because you’re not giving your brain enough time to process how much you’ve actually already eaten.

Don’t weigh yourself every day. Believe it or not, your weight actually fluctuates every day. If you do this too much, you might be discouraged by thinking that nothing on the scale is changing. If you want to track your progress, weigh yourself only once a week, at the same time, before breakfast.

Lastly, if you’re thinking of boosting your weight loss efforts to see faster results, you can take weight loss supplements, as long as you keep in mind that they’re not going to do all the work for you. These supplements are, well, supplemental only – it’s an added step to your healthy diet and frequent exercising. Don’t expect too much out of it, but know that most weight loss supplements help you by curbing your appetite, boosting your mood (so you never have to be stressed and resort to stress eating), and helping your metabolism along so you can burn more even when you’re sitting.

If you want to determine which ones are the best in the market, we’ve compiled a list of the most effective and safest (according to scientific research and human trials) weight loss supplements you can take.

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