The Secret To Weight Loss ? Pick a plan and stick to it.......
OK, so if you believe you can lose weight and get fit, and if you have decided that you are committed to losing weight (and not just interested) what next?
You need to eat less. And to do that, you need a plan.
A food plan.
Because, lets face it, whether you are "dieting" or "choosing slimness" or "releasing body clutter" or whatever you wanna call it, food is gonna be an issue that you'll need to address. You will need to EAT LESS than you are eating now, in terms of calories.
There are literally thousands and thousands of diet plans out there.
I wouldn't want endorse one food plan over another.
All diets work.
Yep, you read that right.
Contary to current popular & trendy thought at the moment which shouts "Stop dieting and lose weight" and "diets do not work", I am absolutely a firm believer that all diets work.
ALL DIETS WORK IF YOU FOLLOW THEM.
There is the cruicial bit. You must follow a plan. And stick to it. And as long as you continue to eat according to the plan, you WILL lose weight.
(It is the "sticking to it" bit that most people fall down on.)
Pick a diet plan.
Any diet plan.
Weight Watchers is brilliant
Shakes of any brand are good if you want to kick start and a prescriptive approach
Low GI is very good
Atkins works as long as you can stick to it. I am not a fan myself, but it sure works IF you can stick with it.
Can you see what I am getting at here?
Any diet plan is only any good if you can STICK TO IT
Not just for a week or a month. If you are serious about losing weight and gaining fitness and keeping the weight off and maintaining health, then whichever plan you pick needs to be one you can stick with to lose weight, and then adapt to maintain your weight once you get to your goal weight.
If you read back over my blog right back to the beginning, you'll know I started on a shakes based diet.
This worked, for me.
It worked because it was strict, and minimised it choice, which is what I needed at the time.
It worked because I was committed
It worked because I believed.
It worked because I stuck to it.
I did shakes for 5 months. And lost loads of weight.
I then embarked on addressing my overall fitness, in a group personal training environment, and the trainer, with all her expertise, suggested "real food" and exercise.
This has worked for me ever since.
If I am aiming to lose weight, I eat 1200 calories per day. (If I am just making sure I maintain, I go for 2000 calories per day.)
I track this through Calorie King
Tracking food is VITAL, I reckon.
It feels dumb and laborious.
But it keeps you focused. It keeps you in the present. It keeps you caring.
Tracking your food intake makes you accountable. It makes you realise how "costly" some foods are.
Tracking your food means you are more likely to STICK TO YOUR PLAN
Tracking means that, regardless of which diet or food plan you pick, that you will be EATING LESS.
And you will lose weight.