We’ve talked many times on this blog about weight loss becoming a state of mind rather than just deciding not to eat certain types of foods and to exercise more. Like anything else, if you don’t set a routine, your best intentions will dribble away slowly. Here are 10 ideas that will allow you to organize your weight loss program. (I always recommend you work a program like Weight Watchers as well)
1. Be sure to set an exercise schedule
Your exercise routine should be like a work task. It should be organized to be completed in the most efficient manner, producing the best results for the least amount of time spent. What this means is set a routine. Determine what time of day you will exercise. If you are disciplined, it will become second nature before too long. That is what we want.
2. Eat SOMETHING for breakfast
Many of us forget or just wake up too late to eat anything before we go to work. While we’re not advocating sitting down to a full meal of eggs, pancakes and the like, it’s very important to get something into your stomach in a morning. Try to drink a glass of orange juice with a granola bar. This will prevent those hunger pangs at about 10.30am that force a trip to the snack machine.
3. Pack a lunch
One of the worst routines that we all suffer from is the “where are you going for lunch today” syndrome. If you are to see quick weight loss results, you cannot eat out regularly at restaurants, especially at lunchtime. You must control your calorie intake and that can only be done by taking a lunch to work. It’s tough, but maybe what I would do is set maybe a Friday as your day for eating out with colleagues or friends. You’ll find its cheaper this way too.
4. Bring snacks for the afternoon
Along with foregoing restaurant lunches, we need to also pack a snack for the afternoon surge around 3.30pm. Stay away from the snack machine. The bag of $1 chips sitting in there will cost you a ton of unwanted calories and just cause more hunger pangs.
5. Cook in quantity
Planning your evening meals will also help keep you on the straight and narrow in your weight loss endeavors. Roasting a turkey at the weekend and then splitting it up through the week for evening meals with a salad, say, is an excellent way to restrict your calorie intake while at the same time making sure that you are getting sufficient nutrients to your body. Think ahead with all of your meals and you will be fine. Don’t let your stomach decide what’s for dinner tonight.
6. Plan to drink water
In my last job, I was banished to a new satellite location that had just opened up in another town and all we had was a water faucet, and a coffee machine. As I don’t drink coffee during the day, I was sentenced to drink tap water for the whole of my work day. I can’t tell you how much weight I lost unintentionally and how much money I saved. Water, and lots of it, never did any of us any harm.
By no means are these reminders going to immediately trim inches off your waistline, but what this will do is organize your weight loss to make sure that you are focused on what is important and that is your body’s health. This will also help you become successful with your weight loss plan so that you are able to feel that much better about yourself in the long term.