Did you know that 95% of people who start a weight loss program quit within their first month?
Chances are, you may even be one of them. That is ok, because the truth is roughly 90% of weight loss programs either do not work or are unsustainable. Why?
Because many of them fail to follow the fundamental rules and formulas that are firmly rooted in science for sustainable fat loss. Most are designed to give you that “wow” experience of losing a lot of weight quickly, so you think that when they eventually fail that it’s your fault and not the product/program. In essence, they are designed to fail.
So where can you go if you are ready for lasting, healthy, and sustainable weight loss? That is why this site was created. After twenty years of studying nutrition, natural health, and weight loss, I’ve gathered a few golden nuggets of truth that I want to share with you.
As a side note, I don’t know many people that really want to lose weight unless they are jockeys, wrestlers or some other professional athletes. Most want to lose fat and\or tone up.
So let’s jump in and take a look at how you can start a sustainable weight loss plan. There are really only four steps to getting started on the right path.
Step 1: Find Out Where You Are
Before you can make changes to your habits, you have to first learn what they are. For 2-3 days (1-2 weeks optimal), start writing down everything you eat and drink, as well as the amount of exercise you get. Don’t worry about recording or counting calories – just write down the items.
Your list might look like this:
- 1 bowl of cereal + milk
- 1 large vanilla latte
- Turkey sandwich
- Small bag of chips
- 1 Snickers
- 3 slices of pepperoni pizza
- 1 can of soda
- 6 cookies + glass of milk
- Exercise: 15 minute walk around the neighborhood
Now I know many people will think “Why should I keep track? I know what I am eating and how much I exercise.” But you really don’t. Eating and moving are things we do on auto-pilot without really paying attention. Our brains are wired so that something we do all day, every day becomes a habit we never have to pay attention to, so we can be free to focus on other things, like work.
Once you start writing these things down for a couple of days, you may discover things you never even realized you were doing. Maybe you drink three large lattes and almost no water and never even realized it. Taking stock of what you are doing now will give you a sense of what to change in step two.
Step 2: Set a Small Goal
You may be in a position where you could stand to lose 200 pounds or more. Eventually, that will be an amazing weight loss goal for you to have achieved, but in the short term, looking at a goal like that can easily ruin your motivation. Instead, start with a goal that you can easily measure within a week or two.
Weight loss is like any other goal; the huge long term goal and the small short term goal that you focus on.(Commonly known as mile posts)
Most people start with something simple like “lose five pounds” or “shrink 1 dress size.” These are great starting places. Other options are even easier: “exercise at least 15 minutes every day” or “reduce sugar intake and increase water intake with Delicious Water Recipes .”
It is VERY important that you write your goal down and keep it in a place you can find it easily. In 1-2 weeks, come back and see how close you came to your goal and then set a new one!
Step 3: Make a Plan
Now you know where you are and where you want to go. It’s time to set a plan that will be easy for you to follow in the next couple of weeks. Start with simple items like replacing your usual muffin with an apple, and walking for ten minutes around your office building.
Don’t worry, this site was specifically to help you with food choices, recipes, exercise, and even hidden tips and trick you may have never thought of.
Step 4: Repeat
That’s right! Once you evaluate how close you got to your goal, it’s time to set a new one and increase your efforts. This way, you will slowly build habits that are sustainable for your lifestyle and will get you to your ultimate weight loss goal.
No matter whether your reasons for losing weight (fat) are to look sexier, fit into your old clothes, better self-esteem or just feel healthier and have more energy; there is no better time than now to get moving. (Pun intended) Use the navigation links below to learn more about the “problem areas” you want to focus on.