Having Weight Loss Diet Plan Makes All the Difference

As the old saying goes, if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. This may seem like a very common saying, it may almost seem trite or even corny, but guess what, if you fail to appreciate that saying, chances are you are going to get insane results. What are insane results? It is when you do the same things again and again and again, and expect a different result each time. Many people who are trying to lose weight have insane plans. They get insane results because they keep doing the same thing over and over again, and they do not really plan. You have to have a solid plan, for you to meet your objectives.

You have to have a clear target. Otherwise, you are just taking shots in the dark. Otherwise, you are basically just crossing your fingers and hoping to get lucky. Well, I am sorry to tell you but hoping to get lucky is not a strategy. Hope is not an objective. You have to have a solid plan that you can then break down into goals. You can then take these goals and break them down into daily to do lists. In fact, if you are organized enough for you to make a million dollars, lose a lot of weight, meet mister or miss right, or whatever other lofty life goal, can be met.

You just have to have the right process. By breaking down the biggest goal into the smallest to do list, and hitting that to do list every single day, you can pretty much achieve anything. That is how powerful effective planning and goal setting is, but you still have to have the right plan.

Weight Loss Diet Plan

Flying by the Seats of Your Pants Does Not Lead To Success

As mentioned above, you can not live your life hoping to get lucky. You can not hit your goals by just taking shots in the dark. It does not work that way. You can not take effort on meeting an objective just by working whenever you feel like working. You have to focus. You have to be disciplined. At the very least, you have to have a plan. A plan is really just a map. You are at point A and you are trying to get to point Z.

There’s a lot of things and a lot of space in between. If you do not have a map, you are basically just hoping to get lucky like Christopher Columbus, and hit something on the way. It is better to have a map so that you get more precision, and most importantly, you can budget your time, effort and emotional energy getting to your goals.

Taking Shots in the Dark

Make no mistake about it. The main reason why many people take shots in the dark is not because they are stupid, it is not because they are dumb, it is not because they are mentally defective. They take shots in the dark because it is expedient, it is easy, you do it when you feel like it.

It does not take discipline, it does not take training, it definitely does not take any self control, just take shots in the dark and if you hit something, great, if not, well you are taking shots in the dark at your own pleasure.

This may be great for casual sports or some other things that do not take much commitment or dedication, but if you are trying to lose weight and trying to live a healthier lifestyle, taking shots in the dark is not going to help you.

Hoping To Get Lucky

Closely related to taking shots in the dark, is hoping to get lucky. In other words, you take action and just hope that things will line up and things will combine in such a way that you get what you are looking for. You realize how crazy this is? Hoping to get lucky is the wrong way to go through life, because luck is actually manufactured. Let me repeat that again, luck is actually manufactured.

Do you notice that the people who always find themselves at the right place and at the right time tend to have the right skill set? They tend to have the right stuff. The reason that they are at the right place at the right time is because they worked to be at the right place at the right time. They do not know when the big break is going to come, they do not know when the big deal is going to happen, but they are ready for it.

Compare this with your situation where you are just basically going about your daily business and just hoping that your weight loss objectives will take care of themselves. You work out whenever you feel like it, you do exercises, you avoid certain foods from time to time, but when you are doing that you are just hoping to get lucky, you are not preparing. If you want to really get lucky, go through the work, go through the motions. The luck that you are shooting for is the hope that you get lucky to develop momentum so you can continue your weight loss plans.

Weight Loss Takes Planning

The reason why weigh loss takes planning is because it gives you a map, it is also because it gives you focus. When you put these two things together, you have a map and focus, you have basically a layout of where you need to go and also a compass pointing you to where you need to go.

As the old saying goes, where your focus goes, energy flows. Nothing in life gets done without energy. However, energy needs focus.

Weight Loss Involves Physical, Emotional and Mental Components

Make no mistake about it. If you think that weight loss is just a simple matter of taking a pill or going to the gym or using some sort of machine, you are fooling yourself. The reality is that, if you want to lose weight and you want to keep those pounds off, you need to be focused, you need to have a plan. Why? There are so many things you have to juggle, there is the physical component of weight loss, there are the emotional components, and then there are the mental components.

Why are people overweight? Why do people have a tough time losing weight? Pretty straightforward. When our bodies perceive something in the outer world, we develop an emotional trigger. There is this mental picture that appears in our minds. Of course, many of us are no longer conscious about it because this has been automatic for so long, but the process is there, the process can be broken down into these steps. We get these mental pictures and then we develop emotional triggers for them.

These emotional triggers then push us to physically do certain things. For example, if you have a boy friend that said something rude or hurt your feelings, you get this mental picture that he does not love you anymore, or he does not like you, and the emotional rush that you get is that you want comfort, you want reassurance. This then pushes you physically to go to the fridge, whip out that big tub of ice cream and dig in. This is called comfort eating. Millions of Americans do this. This is how the physical, emotional and mental components of weight loss flow together.

This is why it is really important for you to have a plan that dissects all these different parts and puts them in their proper place so that you can take the right physical action that leads not just to weight loss but sustainable weight loss. Make no mistake about it. You need a solid plan. A plan that identifies what you need to do. Your plan shows you the way and most importantly, directs your focus and will power.

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  1. I’ve always thought that there was a better chance of a weight loss program working if I had a definite plan in place. Thanks for the information. Now I just need to set up a day-today schedule.

  2. A weight loss program that is successful will have a structure to it. Following the structure is meant to help you succeed and achieve your desired goals. You also need to have some knowledge of your current eating habits and know which habits need to change. Such as do you eat too much starch or bread and how is that effecting your calories and nutrient intake. There is a food pyramid giving valuable information about the specific food groups and how much of each food group is need daily to provide the necessary nutrition for a body. Starting with this will give you information to evaluate your current eating habits. If you are eating too much from one group and not enough from another group then you know what changes you need to make. This is the start of making a great plan for loosing the weight needed and also for obtaining all of the nutrients required for a body to function at an optimal level. It is wise to keep a journal everyday for a week to really become aware of what you are eating. Enter in the journal the time of day you eat your meals, each item eaten leave a space to write down calories contained in each item and how much water you have had for the day. Also keep track of any exercise done. After a week you will then notice what you what to change. Write down those changes as your goals. Do not try to obtain all of those goals at the same time. Pick one or two and work on changing those. Give yourself a date to achieve those goals. Such as “This week I will limit my intake of Bread to only the recommended servings per day” Or This week I will try 1 new item from the vegetable and fruits section of the pyramid. The American Heart Association has a food pyramid and lots suggestions and recipes to follow. Best wishes to you as you start your journey to healthy weight loss and a healthy life. RobinTheresa

  3. I’ve gotten into the habit of planning my meals in advance, and I’ve learned that doing this simple activity has helped me make strides in my weight loss. I don’t always follow my eating plan 100%, but I am pretty close. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like if I didn’t have a plan at all!

  4. Great article here. If you don’t have a map and focus to guide yourself to your goal of weight loss, it’s not going to work. I’ve gone through this myself to establish a healthier lifestyle. You have to have a clear cut, solid plan and the drive when it comes to what type of meals you’re going to eat and what time of day you’re going to commit to exercise, as the two go hand in hand. Sitting on your hands and doing nothing about it, leaving the issue to work itself out or not planning to have the issue resolved will leave you bound to failure.

  5. At the simplest level, I find it extremely helpful to plan when I am going to exercise by scheduling it in my calendar. I find myself much more likely to work out if it is on my calendar. Everyone these days is so busy that if exercise isn’t on the calendar, it is easy to just push it off until the next day or next week. However, when it is on my calendar I know I have nothing else to do during that time.

  6. You make a lot of interesting points, and the article gives me a lot to think about. I agree, I always do better when I have a plan. My husband teases me sometimes about it, but I make lists of things I want to accomplish and set concrete goals. I also keep a diary, both for eating and exercising. That way I feel more in control and have better accountability.

  7. It’s so true. I’ve spent years trying to lose weight, just years of my life yo-yo dieting with little result. Once I sat down and wrote down an actual plan and determined to stick to it, I finally started to see results. This is some great advice and I would tell anyone looking to lose weight that they should sit down and come up with a plan that will work for them.

  8. We have begun meal planning, which has already made a huge difference. Not only in weight loss but in stress relief and organization. I hadn’t thought about making a weight loss plan. Thank you!

  9. I agree wholeheartedly. No matter what your weightloss goal is a plan is more than necessary. I believe that is the challenge many people who want to lose weight have. They usually dont have a plan and as such they are haphazardly going about the process. But before the plan must come the research and trial. Far too many people do not do the necessary research to find out what the current information suggests will be effective.

  10. I couldn’t agree more with this article. There have been times where I’ve been less focused with my weight loss and fitness goals. While I would see some results, they never came as steadily as when I took the time to really plan out my meal plans and exercises.

    I find that kind of planning helps eliminate excuses and mistakes as well. If you already have everything planned out, there is less of a chance that you’ll be temped to screw up.