1. Follow your plan to the best of your ability. Weight loss is like network marketing – being persistent and consistent (aka small actions compounded daily) will get you to your goal a lot faster than sporadic fad dieting.
2. Speaking of sporadic fad dieting, people who have trouble losing weight are sometimes the same people who cannot finish what they start. So if you’re going to lose weight, then you have to stop being a quitter.
3. If you cannot exercise (though honestly, unless you are bedridden, why can’t you move something?) then make sure that you are restricting enough calories to create weight loss ( a pound or two a week is best, so eliminate 3500 to 7000 calories per week and you will lose 1 t o2 pounds)
3. Drink filtered water – it helps to wash away all the debris from the fat that you’re burning. If you drink coffee and tea balance it with the same or more in water.
4. Eat food that you like, and do not deprive yourself. When we go on a restrictive diet, it creates a scarcity mentality which eventually leads us to that midnight binge on the floor in front of the refrigerator – kind of like the scene in “9.5 Weeks” but not near as sexy.
5. Remember that a ho-hum diet and a ho-hum workout are going to give you zero results. That means get off the treadmill (or whatever else you have been doing every day at the same speed and pace) and really pay attention to your diet (try a food log or one of the online calculators). Great progress requires big changes – so shake things up a lot!
6. Stop preparing to get ready to be prepared to start your diet or workout plan – just do it already. There is no reason to binge the night or weekend before you start – not when there are products like Cheat - and there is no reason to plan your program for a time when you think life won’t happen. Life is always happening – lunch meetings with dessert, business trips where the hotel has no gym, a project that disrupts your meals or makes you miss a workout. If you’re going to plan then plan to be flexible and prepared for the inevitable – travel with a workout DVD, keep protein bars or shakes at the office and so on.
As always I welcome your input. What’s your diet and weight loss plan?