5 Things to Do Before You Start Losing Weight
If you’ve decided that it’s time for you to start taking responsibility for your weight, then you’ve made an important step towards self-improvement. Making that first decision is not easy. We never want to admit to ourselves that we have such a serious problem which is self-inflicted and was ultimately avoidable.
And while it’s not that hard to lose control of one’s weight and let it get out of hand, the longer you leave it before making a change, the more dangerous it becomes. If you are overweight, you are putting your long-term health in serious jeopardy and opening yourself up to a number of life-threatening problems.
So if you are going to try and lose weight you are doing yourself a huge favour, and it’s not going to be easy. Here’s five things you should do to prefer yourself beforehand.
1. Create a Plan
Weight loss is about more than just eating differently or eating less, you have to completely alter your lifestyle or else nothing is going to change. If you are overweight right now, then chances are that overeating and inactivity are a part of your daily routine. You need to fix this. You have to put a plan of action together and be strict with yourself about staying committed to this plan. The first thing in your plan should be a list of goals.
An end goal is important of course so start with that. How much you want to lose and by when. Set smaller individual goals too, maybe to make some amount of progress for each week. Have a meal plan set out too. And that has to be planned for every single day, you won’t lose weight being careful a couple of days a week.
And then plan out your exercise routine. This is not as important as your diet but it will still help, and there’s a lot of different exercises that are effective for weight loss.
Find the one that’s right for you and make sure that you are exercising at least three or four days every single week.
2. Cut Out Problematic Foods
Your diet is going to need a complete overhaul. Start from scratch with your new diet plan and focus not just on eating less, but also removing food that is counter-productive to your weight. Naturally, this means that you need to avoid, or at least cut down significantly on fast food, chocolate, ice cream and soda.
Some things which you might think are bad for your weight should also be considered. Things like fruit juice and white bread can make you fat too. The other thing to think about here is the fact that what foods are problematic is not going to be universal. Sometimes a food allergy can contribute to weight gain. This is often the case with people who are getting bigger and can’t figure out why. You could test yourself to see if you suffer from any of these.
This will be a good way to ensure that you are on the move as much as you should be during the day.
3. Gather Healthy Recipes
Once you’ve eliminated all of the stuff you shouldn’t be eating from your life, you will then have to focus on what you are going to eat. Eating healthily does not mean that you won’t be eating anything that tastes good. You might think that because you are cutting out sweet stuff, but healthy eating can still be taste-oriented.
Experiment a little bit with food. There are a ton of resources online these days where you can find healthy recipes and you should try a lot of them in the first few months. You’ll discover food you love that you’d never even tried before and you’ll discover new ways to prepare food that you already like.
Build up a huge collection of recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner so that you won’t be eating the same stuff all the time, but will also be eating healthily all the time.
And try to avoid artificial supplements when you are putting these recipes together. It’s healthier if you take a natural route to your weight loss.
Check out this article from Groom and Style if you want more information on that.
4. Find Support
It’s always going to be easier to undergo a complete lifestyle change if you have a support network by your side.
As I’ve said before, it’s not going to be an easy process. You are going to get frustrated, you are going to be stressed and you will want to give up. This is when your moral support steps in. Even if all they do is remind you why you are doing this in the first place it can be enough to get you back on track.
It’s another perspective and it helps you feel like you are not alone in this fight. And trust me, a fight is exactly what this is going to be. Your own mind could be your own worst enemy when things get tough and sometimes it will take someone else you pull you out of a slump.
Your support network can be anybody as long as it’s someone that you can rely on to help you. So family members, friends or maybe others who are going through the same thing
It’s important to have several people that you can look to for this because no one is going to be available at all times.
5. Prepare for Pitfalls
As I touched on a little bit before, there is going to be pitfalls. It’s impossible for such a big underhaul to go off completely without a hitch. Think about the things that could crop up which will get in the way of your achieving your goals and then have strategies in mind as to how to overcome them. Think about what you’re going to do if you end up going out for dinner with friends. A big meal like that could throw off your plans so be sure to factor those calories in and work around it. What if you find yourself on a long journey during which you would usually stop at a gas station and get some snacks? Back healthy snacks while driving in case this happens.
Do you comfort eat when you’re upset? This will be a very difficult habit to break so think ahead about what you could do instead for comfort. Some kind of exercise is always a good alternative. It’s good for the mind as well as the body, even if it’s just a long walk.
You need to have all of your bases covered and any potential roadblock to success broken down in advance.
To sum things up, the more preparation you do beforehand, the more likely you are to succeed in your quest to lose weight.
Planning out things like your diet, your support system and potential obstacles are all going to set you up for triumph.