Losing Weight is as Easy as 1-2-3
I’m going to let you in on the magic formula for weight loss — all you have to do is take in fewer calories than you burn.
Yep, it really is as simple as that.
So, why do so many of us fail at it? Well, mainly because we fail to plan to succeed.
If you’re ready to do it right this time, incorporate these three plans of attack.
1. Make a clean start
There’s nothing I hate more when dieting than opening the pantry to grab a can of tuna and coming face-to-face with a box of cupcakes. At times like this “Just say NO” is rarely an option.
If you’re following an AA lifestyle, you wouldn’t leave bottles of booze around your home … would you? When quitting cigarettes, you wouldn’t stash a pack of smokes in your glove compartment … would you?
So when quitting bad eating habits, it’s crucial that you not set yourself up for failure. Grab a box or bag and start cleaning house. It’s out with the old and in with the new for you.
It’s important that you replace the junk food with diet-friendly snacks and foods. Snacking healthily between meals can keep you focused and on track.
Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. There are oodles of healthy foods and drinks on the market. Try to stick with ones that aren’t overly processed or those that contain dozens of chemical additives.
2. Have a plan, Stan
It’s nice to resolve to lose weight, but you can’t leave your weight loss resolution that ambiguous. What you should tell yourself is, “I WILL lose 10 pounds over the next four weeks” … or “I WILL lose 50 pounds by the end of the year.”
Now you need to plan how to hit a few milestones along the way. Do some research. Ask friends who’ve lost weight — and kept it off — how they accomplished it.
We all know someone who dropped a lot of weight on a fad diet. Sadly, they almost always gain back that weight in time. Steer clear of trendy fad diet plans.
Pick a plan that works for you and fits your food preferences. Keep track of calories and know how many you need to feel good and lose pounds.
Too few calories can send your body into starvation mode and make you stop losing pounds. Too many calories and you’ll never see progress.
3. Sweat the small stuff
Okay, once you settle on a sensible diet you really need to include exercise into your routine. Exercise alone doesn’t lead to weight loss BUT exercise combined with a good diet will turbocharge your metabolism and get your body burning more calories.
As you begin to slim down and firm up you’ll be more motivated than ever to stay the course.
Despite what you may think, we all can find the time for exercise. No need to give up your favorite TV shows either. Instead, get off the couch and on the floor for calisthenics or weight training during commercials.
You don’t need to join a gym or buy pricey equipment or spend hours sweating and grunting. A little activity goes a long way towards shaping up and feeling reenergized.
There you have it: the three basic steps for your diet to succeed. Armed with this information — and our Meal Plan Map program — you’ll soon start losing the weight that has cramped your lifestyle and endangered your health for far too long.
John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.