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When it comes to weight loss, many people find that the difficulty is not losing the weight, but rather keeping the weight off. There are many reasons for this, but a lot of it comes from not setting proper boundaries regarding lifestyle habits. It can be very difficult to completely change or alter routines that you have had in place for years prior to losing weight. If you don’t set the proper boundaries, it is very easy to slip right back into your old routine.

Below are three boundaries you should set for yourself to ensure you follow through with weight loss goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Exercise

While we all understand how important exercise is, it can be difficult to stick to an exercise regiment if you do not set certain boundaries. The first is choosing a place to work out. It can be a gym, a friends house or your own home, but establishing where you will exercise is the first boundary you should set to ensure you stick with it. Next, you will want to set a schedule to make sure you have a specific time you will be working out. This will allow you to make sure you are free to work out and are not constantly skipping workouts.

Snacking

In order to set proper snacking boundaries, you will need to be honest with yourself. Can you handle having snacks in the house? Are you able to limit snacks to small portions once or twice a week? If you are not able to do these things, you need to have an honest conversation with those around you about getting snack foods out of the house. If you cannot resist the temptation to snack in your home, making your home a “snack-free” zone is the best idea for you.

Eating Out

Depending on your lifestyle, this can be a very difficult boundary to set, especially if you are in a relationship with someone that enjoys going out. If you are serious about your weight loss goals, you will have to limit your exposure to eating out, as restaurant food typically contains added sugar and salt. Setting boundaries regarding the number of times you eat out, as well as what restaurants to go to will help keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

A weight loss regiment takes a lot of dedication. In order to truly realize all of your weight loss goals, you should set boundaries that are clear and definitive to make sure you stay on task.                   

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