– Part 1
Developing a Personal weight Loss Plan:
I get so many people asking me about how to lose weight, that I realized developing a How to Plan for Weight Loss series of articles would be a great guide for those seeking direction.
Losing weight appears to have become the number one objective of many, many people over the last decade and rightly so.
With the increasing availability, and convenience, of ‘fast foods’ and processed foods, the population of the world over, though especially the Western world, has reached an evident condition of concern.
How to Plan for Weight Loss:
Well…first, you have to want to.
Yes, I know, you are probably thinking ‘Well, duh, that’s like a no brainer…I wouldn’t be reading this if I didn’t want to lose weight!’
However, what you must identify is where your ‘want’ comes from.
What do I mean by this?
Why do You Want to Lose Weight? (H3)
Is it primarily because you want to – have you come to the point where you realize that your overall health and prospects of a long and active life are being jeopardized?
Are you finding it increasingly difficult to perform what should be effortless tasks like tying your shoelaces, getting in and out of a car, walking up or down a flight of stairs or even just getting up from the lounge?
Or, on the other hand, is your decision being driven by another, external factor, such as other peoples opinions?
In order to be successful with your goal of losing weight, you first must evaluate where your motivation will be coming from. In conjunction with this article, please read my post Do it For Yourself – Motivation which discusses this a little further.
Where to Start:
Okay, now that you’ve considered where your motivation is coming from, the next thing you’ll want to do is create a plan. Now, this in itself seems to scare a lot of people off. However, it need not be that daunting.
I am not talking about a plan in articulate detail, rather, just a simple draft to give you some purpose and direction.
Sir Winston Churchill stated – ‘He who fails to plan is planning to fail’.
How to Develop a Personal Plan:
Basically, the steps to any decent plan remain the same whether it’s for a large business model or personal development. Here are the five common steps to writing a plan –
- Getting ready/preparation
- Articulating Mission and Vision
- Assessing the current situation
- Developing Strategies, Goals and Objectives
- Completing the written Plan
Now, again, this may appear somewhat daunting to you and I understand. So, I haven’t forgotten…we’re here to ‘Keep it Simple’.
Keeping it Simple:
Let’s break the steps down as follows –
- What you want
- Why you want it
- How you plan to get there
There you go, that doesn’t look so bad does it?
One other thing – it is a definite plus to include a ‘Time Frame’ of when you expect your goal to be reached. This may include several sub time frames within the whole.
Example of a Personal Weight-loss Plan:
My Personal Weight Loss Plan
What Do I Want?
- To Lose Weight
– My Current Weight – 231lbs (105kg)
– My Goal Weight – 187lbs (85kg)
- Time Frame – 12 weeks
Why Do I Want It?
- To be, feel and look healthier and fitter
- To feel and look more attractive
- To gain self confidence
- So I am able to do more things without feeling tired and uncomfortable
- To be a good example for my children
- Because I HATE being overweight!
How I Plan To Get There:
- Become educated –
– Learn about Healthy Eating (develop a Nutrition Plan)
– Learn about Exercises for Weight Loss – write-up a weekly training schedule
- Get a 3 month gym membership
- Keep positive – read and listen to motivational material
- Keep a record of my progress
- Set myself an appropriate reward for each 11lbs (5kg) loss.
Signed: ________________ Date: ________________
So, you see it is not that complex and if you use the above example as a template, you will be amazed how quick the process is once you begin.
The Benefits of Having a Plan:
Having a plan, like the above example, will help you clarify what it is you want, why you want it and how you will achieve it.
Along with that, it also provides you with:
- A self written motivational document
- A source for reflection
- A concrete starting point
- A basis on which to mark your achievements
- An encouragement for times of self doubt
Conclusion – Part 1:
So, the first important step in achieving your weight loss goal is to write up your own personal How To plan for weight loss.
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– Rich Far
Thank you for reading this article; How to Plan for Weight Loss.