Here are steps that will guide you in get started on your weight loss efforts.
1. Know where you stand
If one of your friends wants to visit your house but does not know the way, how would you guide him? You will obviously ask: Where are you now?
It is an obvious question because without knowing the current location of your friend, you will not be able to guide him to your place.
The same goes with the fat loss.
Before you plan to reduce your weight, it is important to know where you stand at present. Your present weight, waist size, your body’s fat percentage; every thing needs to be known before you can think of moving ahead with a fat loss plan.
2. Choose the weight you want
Close your eyes and see the kind of body you want for yourself.
Note down the steps you need to undertake to get to your ideal body. You can consider these as your goals.
Make sure that you are precise with your goals. Its just like when you are going for a trip and you want to be absolutely sure about your traveling plans, accommodations, and places to visit etc.
Move forward and set a time limit to achieve these goals. Be real and do not set a short time limit that will be tough to achieve for the amount of work you have to do.
Try to loose 2 pounds per week. Do not aim for higher as loosing weight too quickly increases the threat of gaining all of it in the future.
3. Strategize accordingly
Once the goal and time limit is set, get on with the strategy part. Begin the planning by analyzing your eating habits.
Keep a journal of the food items you like along with the calories, carbs, fat and protein these contain.
Also note down any causes that make you eat even if you are not hungry or any other information. Examples of those can be fatigue or stress. Fighting hard with these causes will help stop you from eating excessively. You also need to control the emotional eating that let your weight go out of your hand.
If you plan to do any workouts, make a note of it as well. The duration of the workout, exercises you do and the time of workout, all should be included.
4. Make small changes in your habits
Keep trying new things. Try and change your eating plan, or your workout routine. Try anything that will stop you from eating more than your body requires. Make sure you stick to the plan that is helps you.
Follow a constructive and step by step approach; do not rush things. Change or remove a food item from your diet every week or increase the workout duration. Making these small changes will definitely help.
5. Be consistent with the changes that are working for you.
Do not stick to any plan that is hard to follow. Instead, try and improvise slightly to get things right.
Do not feel bad if you miss out on a plan for a day. Try to re-gather your will power and do it the next day. Your disappointment may again lead to emotional eating and whitewash all your plans.
6. Regularly keep notes of how you are doing
This works as a motivating factor for many people. Having a check on the progress of your weight loss mission keeps you on your toes. It will also allow you to realize where you are wrong and what can you do to make things right.
Even if the progress is not very good, there is no reason to loose hope. Some people tend to cheat on their plans if they are not able to reduce the pounds they aimed for. Please do not quit or cheat. Rather, notice your mistake and try not to repeat them.
7. You can do it, I know you can.
These words are always to be remembered. Keep pushing yourself hard and keep repeating steps 4, 5 & 6 and see the difference.
Make sure you do not follow any plan that is
* Tough to follow
* Have a lot of rules
* Confuse you
* Not real
Keeping all these things in mind and make sure you give your 100 % percent effort. Good Luck!