Post name: Top 10 Steps To Weight Loss Success
If you are sick and tired of being overweight and are ready to make the changes needed to get your weight under control once and for all, this is the perfect post for you.
You are probably thinking I am about to share with you the perfect meal plan or personal trainer style fitness regimens, nope, not today.
Today we are going to cover something much more important to your overall success than that.
We are going to cover my top 10 steps to weight loss success to help you set a clear plan of attack for your upcoming weight loss journey.
You are taking the time out of your day to read this post, so I am sure you have that fire in your belly to finally get this weight off for good.
I am proud of you for taking the first step, no one knows more than me that losing weight is tough and can be downright frustrating.
I personally fought my battle with obesity for over 15 years before I cracked the code to weight loss and have never looked back.
What I found was that the most important step you can take to achieve weight loss success is to have a solid plan of attack in place before you lay your path to a new you.
Planning, in my opinion, is just as important as the meals you consume and the hours and hours you spend exercising to sculpt your new body.
So without further delay, here are my top 10 steps to weight loss success
Top 10 Steps To Weight Loss Success
Step 1: Admit you have a problem with your weight
If you are overweight, it’s time to fess up and face the music.
Denial about your weight problem can delay or prevent you from taking actions which could result in additional pounds piling on along with a whole host of weight related medical issues.
Step 2: Stop making excuses
Don’t wait on the perfect moment or opportunity to start a weight loss program, the time is right now, today!
Excuses only delay the enevidable and delay you from achieving the healthy body you have always wanted.
Step 3: Learn from your past failed attempts at losing weight
More than likely this is not your first trip down weight loss lane.
Think back to your previous attempts to lose weight, what worked, what didn’t?
What did you like about one weight loss plan, what did you not like?
Answer all of these questions first and incorporate all of the things you liked along with what worked in your new diet plan and try to avoid all of the things that caused you roadblocks in your previous attempts.
Step 4: Do a clean sweep of all junk foods
Need I say more, if it’s not there and not available to you, you cannot eat it.
Oh yeah, and I mean a “clean” sweep, the entire house, car, and your desk at work.
Replace these foods with fresh fruit and vegetables that you know you like.
Step 5: Gather your support team
Research has shown that those who have a strong support team in place to keep them on track lose more weight and are more likely to keep it off.
Find at least one person who will be there for you and support you in your quest for a new you.
This could be anyone from your family, friends, co-workers, personal trainer,
Step 6: Set clear and realistic goals
If you set unrealistic goals, you are setting yourself up for disappointment and failure.
I am not saying you should set goals that are so easy that you do not need to put in any effort but you should set goals that are attainable.
Set small weekly goals that you can reach so that your enthusiasm and momentum continues to grow.
Step 7: Take it one day at a time
Your first few weeks on a new weight loss plan are the hardest, not only are you trying to follow the eating and exercise plan you are on but you are constantly battling the bad habits you are trying to break.
Most habits take about 21 days to break and free yourself from, some take longer, but during these first 3 weeks you should focus on one day at a time instead of long term goals.
Sometimes when we are looking that far ahead we don’t see the obstacles that are right in front of us.
Step 8: Establish your calorie budget and stick to it
I am not the one who should be determining your recommended calorie intake per day so please do not rely solely on my recommendations but a good rule of thumb for setting your calorie budget is:
- Multiply your ideal goal weight by 10 if you are non-active and sedentary. (ex goal of 155 x 10 = 1,550 calories per day)
- Multiple your ideal goal weight by 13 if you are more active than sedentary. (ex goal of 155 x 13 = 2,015 calories per day)
Keep in mind that other variables will apply to these numbers such as age, gender which could increase or decrease these recommended daily allowances.
Please consult your doctor or medical professional for the most accurate recommendations for your particular situation.
Step 9: Make time for exercise
Exercise and physical activity must be part of your daily routine in order for you to reach your ideal goal weight.
Being active helps you in so many ways including, strengthening your cardiovascular system and muscles, tightening your skin and making you feel better.
Being active also helps you get a better nights rest which is key to maintaining your healthy body.
Many sources recommend between 30 – 60 minutes of physical activity each day, find something you love doing and set aside time to do it every day.
Again please consult your doctor or medical professional before beginning any new exercise program.
Step 10: Plan on obstacles and set-backs
Setbacks are a part of the change process, if it was smooth and easy, everyone would be able to make any change they needed anytime they wanted to.
We all know that there are going to be setbacks, but it is more about how you react to the setbacks that determines whether they are just bumps in the road or what keeps you from achieving your goals.
If you cheat today, don’t beat yourself up, get over it quick and start fresh the next day by continuing your healthy eating and proper exercise plan.
Tomorrow is a new day, don’t let a minor slip up from yesterday stop you from having a great day today.
I always look at it like this, most days I take two steps forward, somedays I take two steps back, as long as the steps forward are greater than the steps back, I am making progress.
Before you know it the steps back will be less and less because you understand how much harder you have to work when they happen to stay on track.
Top 10 Steps To Weight Loss Success
Once you have completed all 10 of these steps, you will be ready to begin your weight loss journey.
Feel free to add more steps to your planning phase as you see fit but the key is that you take the time to establish a solid game plan before you begin to ensure you are prepared for what ever comes your way.
It has actually been proven that those who take the time to establish a weight loss plan before they begin their diet and exercise program see better results.
I failed several times in my attempts to lose weight until I took the time to plan out my weight loss game plan and referred back to it every day to stay motivated and on track.
For me, personally I did not find my perfect weight loss plan until I ran across a program called the Fat Loss Factor, this course changed my life and it is definitely a course I would recommend that you check out.
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