A FitPerez reader wants to get motivated to lose weight before next summer so she wrote diet author and former Biggest Loser host Ajay Rochester for advice, asking:
I love your piece and I was wondering what tips you have to get motivated going into summer. I need a diet jump start ASAP and just struggling to find the motivations! I don't want to spend another summer hiding!
According to Ajay:
The best advice I can give about diet jumpstarts is begin NOW. Not tomorrow or Monday or the start of the next month, just start right now. Make your next meal a healthy one and just act like a healthy person until you become one.
So many people consume excess calories in "this last pasta", "my last junk food meal EVER" or "my last chocolate bar until I'm skinny." One of the things I learnt when losing my own weight was that there was no "last" of anything…..you can have everything you love, just NOT every day.
Another GREAT motivator is to try on some of your favorite summer clothes (or a bikini) and see how much you have to lose to get into it. Then clip a post it note to that item of clothing of the date you plan to fit into it (be realistic) and keep trying them on week after week. There is nothing so motivating as having to lie on the floor using a coathanger and three friends to do up your jeans (I have definitely been there done that!).
Good luck and for more advice you can get my book Confessions of a Reformed Dieter on audio at any Barnes and Noble bookstore!
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