"To be prepared is half the victory"
One does not simply wake up knowing what foods are best to eat, how to manage calorie intake, how to meal plan, and have a workout routine.
Change in any form or for any reason, takes time. More importantly, it takes planning and consistency.
Stop and think. In any other situation in life, would you embark on a new task without preparing for it?
Yet, we jump on diet fad-wagons without hesitation.
Before you clean out your pantry and fridge, take time to prepare for this new, healthier life you wish to live.
What are some things we can do to prepare?
Set a goal: and, not just one. We all have that end goal we want to see but setting smaller, milestones is good for morale and confidence. It keeps us in the game and keeps us motivated. Also, when setting goals, think about things you want to see other than just a number on the scales. Maybe it is taking less medications, better blood sugar control, lower blood pressure, decreased joint pain, more energy, getting into your skinny jeans, or having more self confidence.
Have a plan: this is where most of us mess up. We jump in without a real plan, diving in head first. That gung ho attitude is great but can lead to quick burnout. Especially when there is a lack of structure to what we wish to accomplish.
Get informed: instead of riding the wave of the latest weight loss gimmick you saw online, research creditable ways to lose weight and be healthy. Choose a plan that fits your lifestyle, your eating preferences, and takes minimal effort. Avoid diet plans that offer quick results, require you to give up entire food groups, or restrict you to eating foods you will not enjoy.
Gather support: this may be an accountability partner, your family, co-workers, friends, or your PCP. Do not be afraid to ask for support, help, and understanding. Let others know what you need from them.
A cooker cutter plan does not exist. We are all unique and the factors that influence our ability to lose weight must be considered:
Talk to your healthcare provider about any medical issues that may be prohibiting your weight loss. Also discuss any medications that may be hindering your success, as well as, medications that would promote your weight loss success.
Ruling out underlying health issues can eliminate potential roadblocks by dealing with the health condition first.
*** Do not stop medication without consulting with your healthcare provider. Do not start a new medication (prescribed or supplemental) without talking with your healthcare provider.
This is not a substitute for medical care or advise. Before starting a weight loss program/plan, have a complete check up, any necessary bloodwork to rule out other causes, and discuss your plans with your PCP.
Some providers gladly refer patients to specialists for weight loss management. Don't be afraid to ask for help!
If you are in the Jonesboro or NEA area, you can make an appointment to see me:
Head over to the Forum for further discussion on specific diet plans and give your input. I would love to hear from you.