Losing weight requires motivation, determination, and willpower. Are you ready to dig in and begin a weight loss plan? Have you decided on the weight loss plan that best suits your lifestyle and fitness goals? Take your time and peruse the many options available. Some diet programs may not be suitable to your lifestyle, or may not provide your desired results.
Whichever diet program you choose, make it a healthy one, incorporating lots of bright and colorful vegetables and fruits. A variety of healthy foods will contain the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to function and stay healthy. Choose locally grown and organic, if possible. Avoid processed foods and sodas that may inhibit weight loss.
Do your research. All weight loss plans are not created equal. Before you begin read these four things that will help you on your weight loss journey.
Get the Facts
First things first. Consult with your health care professional about your weight loss plan. With all of the different and controversial weight loss plans on the market, consulting with your health care professional can be helpful in determining your success or failure. Ask your doctor for nutritional tips and counseling options that will enhance your weight loss. Enlisting a registered dietitian can also clear up any misconceptions about food choices and nutritional changes.
Health and wellness coach, Ellen G. Goldman, states that, “the key is to spend time in a preparation phase before you jump into action. Let’s build a foundation for permanent weight loss now, and you’ll never need to go on another diet again.” Being informed will propel you into victory!
Staring at a chocolate donut or fudge brownie will not help you to set real weight loss goals. If you want to lose the weight, you must affirm realistic goals. Depending upon the amount of weight you want to lose, setting realistic goals is imperative to winning your weight loss battle. Many people often says things often like, “If I could just lose 20 pounds, I will be forever happy.” Many of those same people have been saying that for years, even decades. When wanting to step into a realistic weight loss plan – and make it happen – it’s best to convert the goals into a lifestyle. Instead of starting with 20 pounds, you could start with a weight loss goal of five pounds—one a week. Take smaller steps to achieve more.
Oftentimes we stick to our weight loss plan, only to have it sabotaged by a weekend party or life event, such as a wedding (cake) or birthday (more cake). Sometimes we can hear things from different generations, like, “if you don’t have a piece of cake, you won’t have good luck.” Ugh. Who wants to argue with a grandmother? With the cake eaten, you feel like a failure and want to quit. Don’t quit. Have an itsy-bitsy piece of cake. Be flexible. Immediately return to your weight loss plan and continue your progress! Don’t let a piece of cake snowball into a full-fledged unhealthy binge! It’s alright to party with your friends and family. No one wants bad luck. J Just keep it flexible, and stay focused on your goals! You’ll get there with progress, which is in itself, success!
Ultimately, weight loss and exercise go hand-in-hand. As soon as you implement your new weight loss plan, find a trainer or a fitness program that you will stick with. Make it fun. If you are not into exercise, find a hobby or interest that gets you moving. You may love horses, for example. Horseback riding can keep you fit and active. It requires strength, agility, and stamina. When thinking of exercise, it doesn’t always have to be weights, sit-ups, or running. There are a variety of opportunities to get you off the couch and complement your weight loss plan. Find out what is available in your area! Get out of your comfort zone and get moving!
There are so many wonderful weight loss programs available from fitness and nutritional experts around the world. Find the one that works for you. Check with your health care professional before you begin so that it doesn’t interfere with your wellness plan. Set realistic goals that complement your personality and lifestyle. Be flexible. Don’t beat yourself up when you get distracted. It’s okay to get sidetracked every now and then. Keep going. Keep moving. Keep us informed of your progress, too!