Most of us have felt like we needed to lose some weight at one point or another in our lives, and maybe you are there now. For a lot of people, it is done in a random sort of way – no focus, plan, or extra time given to their goals. But weight loss is so much more than just the desire and determination to shed a few pounds. Just like making a list and planning out a house hold project, you need a good weight loss plan too.
There are a few key ingredients when you are developing a good weight loss plan:
Setting the goal. Common sense would tell you that this is the first step towards an effective weight loss plan, but setting a goal is not as easy as picking a number out of thin air. You need to make sure you are setting a realistic goal that won’t leave you feeling like a failure if you picked a number that was a little too ambitious.
Making sure your goal is in the ‘healthy weight’ range for your height is the perfect starting point. It will allow you to feel good about yourself and be healthy. Once you have reached your healthy weight range, you can always continue on with your weight loss plans. Setting a small do-able goal is much better than setting your goals too high and falling short.
Educate yourself. Before you go crazy with exercise equipment, joining a gym, or rushing into a diet plan you are going to need to educate yourself on good nutrition and exercise. Some people need cardio to lose weight while others need weight training. If you join a gym you will want to take advantage of a personal trainer who can help you identify your goals, help you with a plan, and teach you the correct way to do weight training moves so you don’t risk getting injured.
You will want to learn what kind of foods are good for weight loss, what vitamins or supplements you should take, and what kind of fluids you should be drinking. Weight loss is 80% nutrition!
Make the right choices. There are so many different choices when it comes to diets; juicing, vegetarian, low crab, etc. Make the choice based on your lifestyle. If you are someone who has very little free time, a diet that requires extensive prep and cook time might not be the perfect option for you. You should also choose an exercise plan or gym where you will feel comfortable so you will be sure to follow through with your exercise plans.
Once you have made the decision to lose weight and you have made the necessary choices that fit your lifestyle, you are well on your way to meeting your weight loss and fitness goals!