Looking to lose 50 pounds or more?

Losing 50 pounds is nowhere near as simple or as straightforward a process as a lot of people make it out to be.

When you are talking about losing this much weight you are talking about something that goes far beyond exercising more and eating less. You need to change your identity, change the way you look at food and exercise, and commit yourself to moving forward with a plan of action that produces the weight loss results you’ve been hoping for.

To better help you prepare for this journey ahead (and make no mistake about it, it is a journey) we have put together this quick guide.

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It all starts with realistic (and clearly outlined) expectations

Before you even consider diving right in with a new diet or exercise program to help you lose a considerable amount of weight you need to first begin by outlining your expectations in advance in as clear and concise a way as humanly possible.

You are going to notice a dramatic change right off the bat when you have this kind of weight to lose but then you are going to hit a plateau where you feel like nothing is changing. To push through this process you’ll need to keep your motivation, and that means that you need to understand every step of the journey in advance and highlight your milestones so that you still progress even when you don’t notice any change on the scale.

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Make this a new lifestyle and not just a challenge

One of the most impactful things you can ever do when looking to undergo a total body transformation is to abandon the idea of this as some six-week program you are going to push through and instead embrace it as the “new you”.

By making wholesale changes to your diet and eating habits – as well as your mindset and your sleeping habits – you’ll be able to make these changes more permanent, but the changes will also happen much faster.

Eventually you will transform yourself into a healthy person just through the intention to do so and you’ll find that your cravings and your tendency to procrastinate or avoid exercise go right out the window.

It doesn’t get any better than this, and before you know it – in just a couple of weeks – you’ll find that you have fallen in love with the “new you” and it will be physically painful to go back to your unhealthy ways.

Lose more weight with nothing extra but a notebook

The weight loss industry (a multibillion-dollar industry annually) would love to have you believe that there is absolutely no simple or straightforward way to lose weight and build the body of your dreams unless you purchase their overpriced (and often times unproductive) workout programs, supplements, and pieces of exercise equipment.

Thankfully nothing could be further from the truth.

After all, people have been finding ways to figure out how to get fit – and stay fit – for centuries, long before these late-night TV pitchmen exploded on the scene with “Seven Minute Abs”.

At the end of the day, you are going to be able to effectively transform your body with nothing more than some simple health focused decisions and a notebook.

Journaling has proven to be one of the best accountability partners for those looking to lose weight

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Research has shown time and time again that those that attempt to lose weight all on their own end up struggling far more than those that have accountability partners. The only problem is that there are a lot of people out there that really aren’t all that excited about partnering up with someone to help them lose weight for a variety of different reasons.

And that’s where the food journal comes into play.

Early food journals were nothing more than simple spiral ring binders and notebooks, but today people are really upping their results by taking advantage of everything that smart phone technology has to offer and snapping pictures of their meals.

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There’s something about having to record EVERYTHING that you eat all day long event stops you from binging, stops you from over indulging, and really cuts back on your portion control without you having to put in too much extra effort along the way.

Try journaling for a month and see what kind of results you are able to enjoy

If you are a little bit dubious about the beneficial impact that food journaling can have on your life – especially if you’re looking to lose weight and have struggled to do so in the past – make sure that you give it a try for 30 days just to see what kinds of changes (if any) you are able to make possible.

The odds are pretty good that you were going to be shocked at just how easy it is to completely overhaul your life with literally nothing more than a food journal and some healthier decisions that become effortless when you hold yourself accountable.