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Today's guest blog post is written by Jennifer Michelle, Dietetic Intern at Bowling Green State University's Dietetic Internship Program. Thanks for sharing with us, Jennifer!
When trying to reach any goal, planning is an important step. This is especially true when it comes to weight loss. There are so many variables involved in reaching weight loss goals that a well coordinated effort is your best bet to succeed. When food and exercise related decisions are left to chance, it is easy to make less than desirable choices. Today’s busy lifestyle can make it easy to lose track of your goals.
Why should you have a plan?
Losing weight and keeping it off requires consistent healthy lifestyle choices. Planning ahead can help you prevent hitting exercise and nutrition roadblocks on your path to weight loss success. We often eat for reasons other than hunger, and sometimes hunger drives us to indulge in high-calorie, unhealthy foods. When you plan healthy meals and snacks in advance and have all the ingredients necessary, you won’t find yourself making less than optimal choices. Even when you dine out, having a strategy is the key to success. Deciding where you are going to eat will allow you to check out the menu for healthy options to select in advance in order to avoid giving in to temptation. Another reason you should have a plan is to keep on track with your exercise program. If you are just fitting in exercise wherever you can, it is easy to find yourself too busy or too tired to get in the amount you need.
How can you plan for weight loss success?
Start by setting aside some time for strategizing each week. Coming up with a plan takes a little time and is the first step in organizing your weight loss success. Be sure to include all the meals and snacks you need, including all necessary ingredients. Decide when and where you will be eating your meals and snacks, taking into consideration your schedule and when you tend to feel hungry. Remember to include time to go shopping for the ingredients you need. Exercise is another important part of your weight loss plan. It is very easy to skip an exercise session when you have a long or hectic day. Schedule time for exercise as an appointment you need to keep with yourself.
Do you have a plan for weight loss success? What about having a plan has helped you to reach your weight loss goals?