So you know you want to live a healthier lifestyle and lose weight, but how do you determine which plan is right for you?
Picking the right weight-loss program is a vital component to your overall success, and there are many things to keep in mind when choosing.
Whether you’re relying on calorie in/ calorie out, keto, a whole foods diet, or another way of eating, here are some things to consider before starting.
1) Your Excitement About the Program
Are you feeling pumped about the program?
Why or why not?
It might be an idea to write down your feelings and see what comes out. Generally, your first impression is accurate—are you excited about starting, or are you feeling defeated even before starting?
Weight loss is a journey—it’s an emotional rollercoaster full of twists and turns. Even the best, most well-tailored plan can leave you feeling discouraged, so choose something you’re excited about!
If you don’t think tracking every morsel of food is for you, then focus on a whole foods diet with an intuitive-eating approach. If you like user-friendly apps that track calories, then do that. The great thing about losing weight in 2021 is that there are so many programs available to you.
Find one that suits you, and get started!
2) Is it sustainable?
It’s a sprint, not a marathon!
When you’re choosing a program, keep in mind the length of time you’ll be doing it. Are you looking to shed a small amount of weight fast, or do you have bigger goals that require more time?
Weight loss plans that promise significant weight loss in a short amount of time are not designed for long-term use. This article recommends aiming to lose 1-2 lbs a week as part of a sustainable and safe weight loss plan.
Another critical thing to keep in mind is how adaptable your plan is. How are you going to deal with special occasion treats or unexpected dinners at a restaurant? These are all important aspects to consider when embarking upon your weight-loss endeavors.
If you’re looking at a significant amount of time to reach your weight loss goal, strongly consider a more lifestyle plan than a diet where not perfection but consistency pays off.
3) what supports are available?
While it’s up to you to show up every day for yourself and put in the work, you may find yourself needing support.
Whether it’s a taste of tough love or like-minded individuals who can relate to your challenges, seeking out a supportive community of cheerleaders plays a big part in your journey.
Many apps/programs have an interactive feature where you can speak to a coach or join a group. When you’re looking for advice or emotional support, these features are readily available and easy to use.
4) Have you done your Research?
Just because your friend is loving the Keto life doesn’t mean it’s necessarily right for you. Take the time to look into what’s available out there.
Take the time to look into what’s available out there. Weigh the pros and cons of all the programs—making drastic changes such as becoming Vegan or cutting out all gluten can leave your body depleted of essential nutrients if not done right. Join a group or reach out to someone who is thriving in the lifestyle you’d like to follow.
Figure out how much it is going to cost you short term and the long term. Does the program require you to purchase a membership or an expensive shake every month? Calculate the cost per month and then multiply by the number of months you will follow the plan.
Your health isn’t something that should be taken lightly, so spend the time really thinking about what you want to get out of your new lifestyle.
What are your goals, and how confident do you feel about this new chapter in your life?