If you see yourself making excuses rather than STARTING a diet that is effective, you should think about why you don't really want to lose weight. You must be able to step out of your comfort zone and as Nike's famous slogan goes JUST DO IT!
The final step would be maintenance. You must keep the momentum going that you have in the action stage. If at any time you lose your commitment or support, then you would fall back to the previous stages.
So the final stage is the most important stage in your diet plan because you need to keep your commitment going for a long period of time. There are several methods you can use to keep being committed.
The first is to make a list about the reasons why you're doing this in the first place. Look at the list daily to remind yourself of your goals. Don't have negative thoughts in your mind. Words like never or depriving should not be in your vocabulary. Rather than saying you're never going to have desserts, say to yourself that you'll have them occasionally and in moderation. So the word deprived can be replaced with the word choosing because you will be choosing to skip chocolate cakes.
Visualize in your mind your future slim self, doing all the things that you have always wanted to do. This visualization will strengthen your motivation to commit to this plan and be the desire you need to succeed. Do this visualization daily, every time you wake up and anytime during the day that you feel your commitment is weakening.
The Buddy System
One of the best things you can do when you're trying to lose weight is to add some accountability to your routine. How do you do that?
The buddy system. Having a buddy to try and lose weight with is a great motivator. You'll feel more accountable to reach your weight loss goals when you're actually sharing them with someone. They can also be helpful when you have made sure to choose someone that can relate to you about your struggle to lose weight. This should be someone that you can share your triumphs in joy, and your setbacks in support.
If you're working out regularly, a buddy is invaluable. They can change a boring walk or jog into an exercise slash therapy session. A hike in the wilderness is always more fun with a friend along! If you're into weight lifting it is also nice to have a buddy. You guys can challenge each other while at the same time provide encouragement and practical help like spotting each other while lifting heavy weights.
You can probably find yourself a weight loss buddy in your existing group of friends. If you can't, please don't panic because you can always do it virtually online as well. You could find a friend on Facebook that's losing weight and work with them by having Facebook chats and sharing progress pictures on Facebook.
There are also many web forums and sites dedicated to linking weight loss partners up virtually.
The bottom line is this, if you want to get to a healthy weight, working with a friend can provide motivation and support as well as accountability. Find your weight loss buddy now!