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6 Tips For A Weight Loss Plan


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6 Tips For A Weight Loss Plan

  1. 1. ==== ====For Great Weight Loss Tips Check This Out: ====The first step for healthy weight loss is to create some sort of weight loss plan.I know that sounded a little vague, but your weight loss plan does NOT have to be something thatonly NASA could understand or approve.YOUR weight loss plan should include such simple things as what activities (exercise) you aregoing to indulge in, when, where, and so on. You will want to outline your goals, both long termand short term goals You will definitely need to outline what your strategy will be fornutrition...notice I DID NOT say "diet"!Why have a formal, or at least semi-formal, weight loss plan?It has long been known to those who are successful in business, sports, entertainment, motivation,and other areas, that one way to improve your chances of success is to sit down and write outwhere you are, where you want to be, and how you are going to get there.It is easier to plan for losing weight, or any other goal related activity, if there exists a clear pictureof starting points, ending points, and how you intend to move from one point to the other. It is veryeasy to start a weight loss program or any other activity with intense motivation and a flurry of loftyplans only to lose site of the objective or to be led down unproductive paths by daily activities andthe blurring effect of time.Here are a few tips to consider when putting together YOUR personal weight loss plan:1. Make your goals realistic:Wanting to weigh what you weighed in high school is, for most of us at least, unrealistic. Usingsome movie stars weight or a relatives weight as your goal is also possibly detrimental to actuallyaccomplishing effective weight loss. Each of those people arrived at THEIR weight by acombination of genetics, diet, and exercise which may not apply to you at all!Most people do not realize that a healthy weight loss program should, for most people, result in aweight loss of only a pound or so a week. To many who have been striving for years to loseweight, this may seem a depressing statement. However, let me put it in perspective.I have a close friend who was so desperate to lose weight that she opted for gastric bypasssurgery. She weighed 340 lbs at the time of the surgery. When the doctor was briefing her on whatto expect, she learned that even with surgical intervention, she would probably only lose about 70lbs in her first year. That works out to 1.35 lbs a week, which would be a healthy weight loss that
  2. 2. most people could achieve through a combination of physical activity and proper nutrition. Thedoctor also informed my friend that she would continue to lose weight over the following years untilshe reached some new level which would be determined by genetics, nutrition, and activity. This isthe same expectation that anyone bypassing the bypass and opting for a healthy weight lossprogram could expect.Finally, unrealistic weight loss goals insure failure, while an average of a pound a week over aperiod of a year is relatively easy to attain with motivation and effort.2. Do not focus on weight loss:I know that sounds strange since your goal IS weight loss, but it is easy to see failure if you areonly looking for weight loss. For example, peoples weight fluctuates from day to day and evenwithin the day itself. A temporary setback where weight is regained becomes inflated if viewedagainst the background of only weight loss. However, if your goal is to do the things which aregoing to make you healthy, for example, then those few days of overeating at Thanksgiving maybe more excusable in your own heart if you know that you have been taking your walks, or havecut your use of sugar, or are still taking action in some other form.This is something that should be considered in your weight loss plan. How are you going to makeyour life better overall? How many ways can you approach "weight loss"? Do not make it your goalto lose so many pounds this week. Rather, set a goal to walk so many minutes, lift so manypounds, garden for so many minutes. That way, even if your weight does not change that much inthat period or even goes in the wrong direction, you still know that your body is benefiting from theparts of your weight loss plan that you are still in touch with.NOTE: People who begin exercising as part of their weight loss program often experience aweight GAIN somewhere in the first few weeks of their new exercise experience. THIS ISPERFECTLY NATURAL! If you have just begun exercising to lose weight and experience a weightgain, this should be only temporary, and is most commonly caused by your body adding musclemass faster than it loses fat.3. Plan to go slow:I dont know if there is a statistic somewhere that demonstrates how many people drop out of theirweight loss program due to stress, strain, pain, or just plain burnout. However, I have experiencedit myself, I have read about it, and I know people it has happened to. Sometimes the simpleststatements are most true. One that you will often hear is, "It took years for your body to get thisway, and you cannot change it overnight." This is so true. Also, take into consideration that, eventhough you might not be SEEING significant changes, if you are taking the steps that you haveoutlined in your weight loss plan, your body is adapting inside, in places you cannot see, but it isrepairing and preparing to move to higher levels of fitness and health.4. Plan to measure your progress:I know I said not to stress so much about the weight loss, but you do need to see what is going on.You dont have to concentrate exclusively on pounds lost, however. If you can walk farther thisweek than you could two or three weeks ago, you are progressing. Hopefully, in another two
  3. 3. weeks, you will be walking farther, or faster. If, at the start of your weight loss program you couldonly exercise for five minutes at a time, and now you can exercise for 15 minutes, that is progress,isnt it? Thats an accomplishment and is something you should be proud of.NOTE: One measurement of progress in a weight loss program is quite simply "size". Two weeksinto a weight loss program, you might actually have gained weight, for example, as I pointed out afew paragraphs ago. However, if your clothes are looser, or you need to buy smaller clothes, orfriends are coming up and asking, "Have you lost weight?" these are good signs that your programis working even if your scales havent gotten the news yet.5. Plan to stay motivated:One of the most common obstacles that knock people off their weight loss program is loss ofmotivation. The drive and excitement that gets you started is very seldom still around when youlace up your walking shoes for what seems like the millionth time and have only lost two lbs.Including your reasons for losing weight, the emotional and perhaps physical triggers that got youstarted in the first place, as part of your written weight loss plan gives you a means ofreinvigorating your desire to achieve your goals. We often forget how we felt and what we believedat the start of such a journey, and being able to pull out the paper and review the dreams andexpectations can bring us back up to that original level, or at least remind us of what we areenduring this for.I used to be an instructor for a major national corporation, and one thing that I and otherinstructors would tell our students was, to achieve their goals, they had to, "plan their work, andwork their plan."Donovan Baldwin is a Dallas area writer. A graduate of the University Of West Florida (1973) witha BA in accounting, he is a member of Mensa and has held several managerial positions. He haswritten poetry and essays for his own use, and instructional media in many of the positions heheld. After his retirement from the U. S. Army in 1995, he began writing articles on varioussubjects for websites he owned as well as for use by other webmasters. He has a keen interest inhealth, fitness, diet, and weight loss and has recently completed courses on Diet and Nutrition,and Fitness. He has posted a review on a great way to build muscle and burn fat.Article Source:
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