6 Steps to Planning Your Weight Loss Journey


6 Steps to Planning Your Weight Loss Journey

May 10, 2015 //

So you’ve decided you want to start your weight loss journey. But how do you actually do that? We’ve gathered a number of weight loss tips to help you as you plan and prepare to get in shape and transform your body.

1. Make a Plan

If losing weight were as simple as simply wanting to do it, everyone would be at their ideal weight. A lot of people have trouble meeting their goals because they simply don’t make a plan. It’s awfully easy to decide here and now that you want to eat healthier and lose weight, but what about when you’re really hungry and tired and that slice of cake looks amazing? It’s easy to decide you should get more exercise, but what about when your alarm goes off when it’s still dark and it’s raining?

If you make a weight loss plan, you’re much more likely to stick to it than if you simply leave things to chance. Try to make your plan something that you can realistically do. If you haven’t exercised in two years, it’s probably unrealistic (not to mention unwise) to expect to go sprinting five days a week. Pick something that you can actually accomplish and do your best to stick to it.

2. Expect Progress, Not Perfection

On the other hand, being too married to a plan can sometimes have an unexpected adverse effect. Have you ever seen someone who set off on an ambitious weight loss plan and seemed to be doing great until the one day when they cheated and ate a cookie… and then half a cake, and then they never got back on track? If we expect perfection out of ourselves, we’ll likely be disappointed, because making mistakes is simply part of the human condition.

Although you want to try to stick to your plan, know what you’ll do on the days when you make mistakes, because they will happen. Also, don’t be afraid to change your plan if needed. An old proverb says, “It is a bad plan that can’t be changed.” As you move further into your weight loss plan, you’ll come to know more and more what’s feasible for you to expect of yourself.

3. Find Your Why

Any time you try something difficult, it helps to know what your motivation is. If you decide that you want to hike Everest, you had better know why you’re doing it. Similarly, if you start a weight loss journey, knowing why you’re doing it can help you find the motivation to keep going when things are hard. For example, are you doing it to look better? Are you doing it because you believe it will improve your quality of life? Are you doing it to perform better in a certain sport or activity? Are you doing it to reduce your risk of heart trouble and to be able to be there when your grandchildren are growing up? Knowing why you’re doing what you do will help you to have more self-control and motivation, and it will help you to know when you’re meeting your goals.

4. Be Honest about Your Weaknesses

Most of us know more good weight loss tips than we actually follow. Why is that? We have real weaknesses that trip us up, and it doesn’t do us any good to ignore them. If you’ve ever tried losing weight before, think about what went well and about what didn’t go well. Without beating yourself up, try to think honestly about what has hindered you in the past and could hinder you in the future, and then try to find ways that you can manage and surpass those weaknesses.

5. Educate Yourself

An old phrase says that knowledge is power. This is true in a number of different spheres, and it certainly is in the realm of your weight loss plan. The more you can learn about healthy living, about how to make healthy food and how to exercise, the better off you’ll be. Humanity’s level of knowledge regarding the best ways to exercise, the ideal ways to eat (in short, the best weight loss tips) grows constantly. Constant learning about health matters can help you to take advantage of that growing knowledge and to figure out how to take optimal care of your own body.

There are a number of different ways to learn about healthy living. You can talk with a nutritionist about diet and eating. You can meet with a personal trainer to learn about exercise techniques and the best ways to work out for your particular body. Online research at sites like Fitness Republic is also a great way to continue to learn.

6. Act

As important as making a weight loss plan is, a plan will do nothing until you actually start doing something. Even if you don’t know everything about what you want your plan to be or everything about weight loss, start your weight loss journey today. There will still be time to learn and refine as you go.

Christian Heftel

Christian Heftel is a freelance writer and fitness enthusiast. He is a certified yoga instructor, a teacher of Yau Man Kung Fu and a general lover of outdoor activity. When he's not writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son.

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