How to plan a weight loss program (and how to stick to it).
August 7, 2012 Admin 0
How to plan a weight loss program (and how to stick to it). First of all make sure you have a goal, even if the goal is small it is significant. Losing 10lbs is an easily attainable goal for your first six weeks if you plan methodically beforehand.
Make sure your diet plan is shrouded in science and not nonsense. Following fad diets because they worked for someone else is no good reason to embrace them yourself.
Keep a food diary and record everything you eat. Even if you don’t meet your daily calorie intake goal, you can refer back to where you went wrong and make up for it.
Figure that if you are reducing calories, you must compensate if your daily energy expenditure increases. I.e. if you start exercising more regularly, reducing calories too much can lead to exhaustion and other complications.
Make sure other aspects of your routine and life in general are up to spec. There is little use in following a carefully calorie controlled diet if you stay up all night at the weekend, partying.
If reducing calories below maintenance levels to increase fat loss, incorporate regular ‘cheat days’ where you eat more than your requirements to prevent your body slowing down by reducing thyroid output and reducing your body’s temperature.
Get plenty of water. Water though, not juice, not milk and not pop. Just by increasing your water intake you may experience weight loss if your water consumption has previously been low as the body will no longer feel the need to store it.
Stay motivated by talking to other people following successful weight loss plans and focus on your goals rather than the way your body looks day to day. Do not rely on your scales to tell you what is going on. Even a simple tape measure can give more meaningful results than relying on a scale.
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