Plan Your Weight Loss Journey Today
For the past several years, you’ve tried unsuccessfully to lose weight. When you think about the money you’ve wasted on fad diets over the years, you feel discouraged, disillusioned, and defeated. If you can relate to this sad scenario, don’t give up. Your future health and happiness are at stake. To improve your odds of losing weight and keeping it off for life, you simply need to develop a descriptive, realistic plan to accomplish your goals.
Most successful weight loss journeys start with smart plans. Without goals, you are more likely to succumb to temptation at the grocery store, at your favorite restaurant, or at the office. You may also be less likely to visit the gym on a regular basis. Before creating your master, diet plan, determine your reasons for losing weight in the first place. For instance, you may wish to:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Lower your blood sugar
- Fit into a smaller size of jeans
- Look thin for an upcoming high school reunion
Once you’ve established your motivations to lose weight, write down a list of actions that will help you meet your goals. For example, you might decide to:
- Eat six servings of fruits and vegetables each day
- Swap your high calorie, sugar laden cereal for oatmeal
- Do cardiovascular exercises three days each week
- Complete strength-training exercises two days per week
In addition to actionable steps, develop realistic timeframes to meet your weight loss goals. While losing 12 to 15 pounds a month is probably realistic, dropping 100 pounds in 30 days isn’t probable, or healthy. After drafting your weight loss plan, sign your name to it. This simple action can increase your level of accountability. As you begin to meet your goals, check them off on your plan. If your willpower starts to waver, re-evaluate and adjust your plan as needed.
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