5-Step Successful Weight Loss Road Trip

Successful weight loss is kind of like taking a road trip. You need to know where you're going, how you're going to get there and what you're planning to do once you get to your destination. It takes planning to have a successful road trip and it also takes planning to successfully lose weight.

Step 1: Where are you going?

Just as you need to know where you are going on your road trip, you need to know what your weight loss goal is. If you say you want to be "slim" that is too generalized a description. You need to set more concrete goals such as "I want to lose X amount of pounds" or "I want to weigh X amount."

Step 2: How are you getting there?

You need to know how you are going to reach your weight loss goal. Everyone is an individual. What works for one person may not work for another. Same way with diets. One person may successfully lose weight on a low-calorie diet, another on a high-protein diet, etc. There is enough variety and information about various diet plans and programs to meet each individual's taste and preference. What is important is to pick a diet or program that you are comfortable with and that you can live with for a while, maybe even the rest of your life.

Step 3: Prepare for the journey.

You would need to make sure you had everything you needed for your road trip and that would be the same for starting a dieting or weight loss program. Successful weight loss takes planning. You need to make sure you have the proper foods to eat so that you don't fall into the trap of just eating anything out of sheer hunger. You need to plan ahead to make sure you have healthy snacks and foods that are allowed on your weight loss plan or program.

Step 4: Follow directions.

Just as a map would help you on a road trip to reach your destination, you need to know what you are expected to eat or not eat on your chosen weight loss plan or program. Once you decide on a plan or program, make sure you follow it. Successful weight loss is a result of a concentrated effort to follow the weight loss plan or program without deviation.

Of course this doesn't mean that you won't have times when you've eaten too much of something or eaten something that was not part of the program. We are all human and aren't perfect, so if you "fall of the wagon" with regard to your weight loss program, don't beat yourself up about it. Just make a decision to get back on track with your weight loss program and a commitment to make better food choices next time.

Step 5: What are you doing once you get there?

Successful weight loss is not a one-shot deal. Once you achieve your weight loss goal, you don't want to put the pounds back on again. You need to figure out how you are going to maintain your hard-earned weight loss achievement by making some lifestyle changes. You can't go back to the way you used to eat before you lost the weight, that type of eating is what put the pounds on you in the first place! Make a commitment to make some lifestyle changes to maintain the weight loss such as eating more vegetables and fruits, cutting out the fried, greasy and high-fat foods, eating more whole grains, and drinking lots of water.

Successful weight loss is a journey that takes commitment and needs to be done one day at a time. The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said "The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step." Go ahead and make a commitment to take that first step to a slimmer, lighter you.

A self-proclaimed information addict, Sandi H. has come to the conclusion that knowledge is power when it comes to weight loss. The more you know, the better choices you make toward weight loss success. Go to http://weightlosssuccesszone.com/fatloss_b.php for more weight loss tips.

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