Plan Your Weight Loss Program

Monday, October 1, 2012 · 0 comments

Starting a weight loss program requires planning. Jumping into one without a clear course of action can lead to failure. Actually, lack of proper planning is the number one reason why most dieters give up after only a few months into their weight loss program. They hastily engage in the latest weight loss fads and give up just as quickly. They eventually claim that the diet program is ineffective, but if we look at the real issues we will discover that these dieters did not prepare themselves well enough.

How can you prepare yourself for a successful weight loss program? This article will discuss several strategies that can help you in successfully planning and preparing yourself for your fitness endeavors.

Set Specific Goals

It is not advisable to get into a fitness program without considering what benefits you would want to get from it. If you have particular goals, you have something to work on. You will be more motivated and you can feel a sense of satisfaction when you achieve your goals. Perhaps, you would like to fit into your favorite clothes again, or attain a certain weight. Make a list of your goals.

Make Your Goals Measurable

It would be ideal to set measurable goals. You can target to lose 15 pounds or aim to lose a particular amount of body fat. Make a note of all your measurable goals.

Take Action

You must act towards changing your diet and your lifestyle. Cut off your consumption of sugar based snacks, soda, junk foods, etc. Instead, you can plan your meals ahead of time. You can prepare a 3-day or a weekly menu so that you would already have all your meals for these days completely planned out. Spend a few hours each week preparing your food ahead. This way you have a variety of healthy food ready and you would be most likely to resort to unhealthy choices. Likewise, drink plenty of water.

Maintain a more active lifestyle. Get up and exercise or do household chores. You can also engage in a favorite sport or take walks in the park. Don’t make excused for not exercising, instead find inspiration to keep it up.

Make Your Goals Realistic

Acknowledge your limitations. Set goals that are possible for you to achieve, otherwise you will only be discouraged. Target a reasonable amount of weight to lose in a week or month. And again, don’t try to reach for the impossible.

Decide on a Time Frame

Give yourself a deadline for each of your desired goal. Note down your current weight and the amount of weight you want to shed off on a particular date. Make a time frame for your desired targets.

If you are aiming to lose a pound of weight each week, this means you would lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks; if your aim is to lose and average of 2 pounds each week then in five weeks time you would lose 10 pounds. Adjust your diet and exercise routines to match the goals you have set for yourself.

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