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Sticking to a Routine Brings Success

We're moving along nicely with these Top 100 Weight Loss Tips and here we are at the 89th article in the series already.

With eleven great tips already under the belt and each new article bringing you another great top tip on how to lose weight the easy way, I'm going to take a look at why sticking to a routine is highly beneficial to your efforts to lose weight, get in shape and feel great.

Routine rules ok! At least in the world of weight loss when you need a regular set of workout rules to work with and when you find one that suits you, then stick to it.

How Does Sticking to a Routine Help Me Lose Weight?

Patterns and routines are good for us humans, especially when it comes to setting out to lose weight. It makes sense that once you've found a comfortable workout zone, doing your best to stick to it will help you enormously when it comes to making those excess calories vanish. That's because routines give us something regular and expected that we know will always stay the same and keep us in that cozy comfort zone.

It may come as no surprise to learn that you really should exercise no fewer than three times per week and then for a good forty to sixty minutes each time. Better if you can make that five times a week, but you shouldn't feel that you need to do it more often than that.

Of course you should do lighter daily exercise every day in addition to your workout schedule. But this can comprise little more than going for long walks or going for a swim with friends as a way of both relaxing, de-stressing and still getting the additional simple exercise that your body will really thank you for by toning up and making you feel great!


Your body will in all likelihood appreciate a good burn-off in the mornings more than any other time, but if you feel that you need to relieve stress later in the evening, then if you have time, treat yourself to an extra workout if you want. You should remain flexible within your routine, so don't be afraid to go right ahead and adjust your workout schedule to fit your needs.

You could even try out some dance based exercises such as Zumba fitness or check out what TV workout guru Jillian Michaels can do for you. Take each day as it comes!

Routine and schedules are important for plenty of other areas in your life, but so far we've been focusing mainly on the exercise routines that make up many serious weight loss plans.

Diet Routine

A solid routine in your Diet also helps to keep the momentum going. But never make it so rigid that you'll go crazy. A good routine in your diet can make up the core of the diet plan, while you can add variety and interest by building around that core plan.

By this, I mean you have a set menu of the basics for each meal, which you can add to by using additional items such as a different vegetable or fruit or anything that will not add much to the calorie count of your set meal. That way you can add variety without sacrificing extra calories.

Or if you don't have the time to work on a regular diet, you could opt for one of the diet food delivery programs that structure your daily eating schedule, like Nutrisystem, Diet-to-Go, the South Beach Diet, or Bistro MD. They provide the food and you provide the eating timetable.

So while sticking with a routine for losing weight brings success, that success ultimately depends upon you sticking to that routine. The best way for doing that is to make the routine into the foundation of your combined diet and exercise plan, while adding variety around it to make it more interesting and enjoyable.

That's because as I'm always saying, when you can enjoy losing weight, then you are much more likely to stick with it and see it all the way through to your goal.

And that's why anyone does it in the first place, right?

100 Weight Loss Tips number 88 in the series will follow in the next post!


Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2009 in Top 100 Weight Loss Tips | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on "Sticking to a Routine Brings Success"

Sally says:

I find that keeping a journal helps me to track what I'm eating and helps me steer clear of the bad stuff! I can highly recommend it.

Bo says:

Sometimes the greatest battle when it comes to getting fit and in shape isn't the workout itself, it's actually sticking to your fitness plan. It doesn't matter what kind of exercise you tend to do, it's easy to get bored with the same old routine. So find ways to keep the exercises new and exciting. When you change the kind of exercises you're doing, where you do them, or who you do them with, there are so many ways to make workouts more enjoyable!