The Best Time to Start Losing Weight Is Right Now

How many times have you told yourself you would start your diet after the weekend, or after the holidays, or when you’re dealing with less stress – but then find that you keep pushing it back over and over? Putting off weight loss until the “right time” is an exercise in futility. That’s because successful weight loss is always a lifelong endeavour. It’s a long-term proposition that involves eating well most of the time and going right back to your healthy habits after a splurge.

The problem with waiting for the right time to begin is that you’re operating under the assumption that your diet is something to “start” and “finish.” That it’s something temporary that you need to schedule. But the truth is that losing weight and keeping it off is the result of making small changes throughout each day, week, and month that add up over time to give you the body you want.

It’s true that people often go on “diets” and lose weight. They follow strict sets of rules with no cheating (except perhaps scheduled cheating) for a set amount of time, or until they lose a set amount of weight. Or, more commonly, they intend to stay on the diet until they reach a particular goal but give up long before then. Even when people achieve their goals via a strict diet, gaining some or all of the weight back is almost inevitable when they return to their previous habits.

Don’t wait for the right time to start changing the way you eat. Start achieving your healthy weight right now – with your very next meal or snack. Make a small change such as drinking water instead of soda, having fruit instead of chips with your sandwich, or just reducing the size of your portions. Remember that each meal is an opportunity to make waistline-friendly choices, and a poor choice here and there will not make or break your efforts as long as you don’t let it derail your progress. Forget making a big production out of dieting and waiting for the perfect time to start. Start right now.

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