Weight-loss success needs planning

Fail to plan, Plan to fail

Planning for weight-lossYou will have heard the old saying that if you fail to plan you plan to fail. This is as true of a weight-loss program as for anything else.

Almost everyone who tries to lose weight has probably heard the saying too. So why do so many people start trying to lose weight without a clear plan?

Many ways to plan for losing weight

You might use a “SMART goals” approach. This involves writing down (you have to write the down) goals that are specific, measurable (or some say motivational), achievable, realistic and time specific. Many high achievers in all walks of life recommend using SMART goals when trying to achieve something.

Many diet plans are build around a goal-focused approach, with a target for weight-loss and associated diet, exercise and lifestyle activities.

What’s the best weight-loss program?

The question is often asked about which type of weight-loss plan is most effective. Research has shown that none is really very much more effective than any other when it comes to losing weight (and keeping the weight off). The most important thing is to stick to the plan.

You could say that the only way you can fail is if you give up and don’t stick to the plan. This is one reason why a positive approach to your weight-loss program is essential.

The video below looks at preparing effectively before trying to lose weight.

The recommendations for preparation focus on the following points:

Set realistic goals

Setting realistic goals is a key part of the SMART goals formula. If your goals for losing weight aren’t realistic you won’t believe you can achieve them and you may give up right away.

Your long-term goals can be outrageous when you consider your starting point. Watch “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead”, and see what Phil achieved with a consistent program for losing weight. At the end of the film you see him running, but at at the beginning his exercise goal was just a few minutes walking.

Remember, your goals should be specific to you and suitable for your current weight, health and general fitness.

Find a plan that will work

I mentioned above that none of the popular weight-loss programs and diets seem to be very much more effective than any other. So it doesn’t really matter which plan you choose as long as it is right for you.

For example, I can’t stand fatty food so the Atkins diet wouldn’t work for me at all. I do like fruit and vegetables, so a diet that involves large amount of this type of food would be great for me. I don’t like exercising in a gym, so a program with a lot of gym-based exercise would be no good. I do enjoy walking outside, so I would be looking for something that encouraged that type of exercise.

Tell your family and friends

Making yourself accountable to other people can be very helpful when you are trying to achieve something. When trying to lose weight you should tell other people what you are going to do.

This should help to keep you motivated when you are tempted to cheat or give up. Knowing that you may be asked how your diet is going can help you to stay on track. Tony Robbins even suggests you tell someone who will be quite critical if you fail to really help to keep you determined to succeed.

Plan ahead for weight loss (and weight maintenance)

However you decide to lose weight, start with a plan. Effective preparation is the key for achieving your weight-loss goals.