Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Things You Should Know & do Before You Start Your New Year Diet

By: youssef jabbouji On: 1/23/2014
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  • If you have decided to lose weight, you’re probably ready to develop your eating plan and begin the diet. But if you take the time to gather important information, you’ll lay the groundwork for greater weight loss success. Take one week to follow these important steps so that you start your diet and exercise plan on solid footing.

    See your doctor. Your physician may be able to provide essential information that will help you lose weight more effectively. Make an appointment with your doctor and ask these ten questions while you’re there. Take notes and add the information to the pre-diet food journal that you’ll start later in the week.

    SET A GOAL


    An important part of planning your diet program is to know how much weight and fat you want to lose. The best way to do that? Step on the scales to see how much you weigh and take measurements of your waist, hips, thighs and arms. Record your readings. From there, you can set goals on how much weight and inches you want to shed.


    MAKE A WEIGHT LOSS PLAN

    Once you've set your target weight or have decided the number of inches you want to lose, the next step is to devise a sensible weight loss plan. Look hard at the foods and drinks in your kitchen and the kind of diet you regularly consume. Are you seeing more carbs than veggies? Is your freezer full of red meat instead of lean fish and poultry? Commit to incorporate more fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains into your daily diet and minimize your intake of empty calorie, processed foods.

    Keep a pre-diet journal

    . Usually, weight loss coaches ask you to keep a food diary while you are dieting. But it is also important to evaluate your caloric intake before you diet. Use these instructions to keep a pre-diet food journal then use it to evaluate your caloric needs.

    EDUCATE YOURSELF 

    Do your research to learn as much as you can about proper nutrition and the foods you should be consuming on a daily basis. Further, gain an understanding about calories, the number of calories you should be eating, and how sensibly reducing them can help you lose weight. Purchase a book or use an Internet program that gives the amount of calories in various foods so you get a good idea of the number of calories you consume and where you should cut back.
    Another tip: Learn how many calories you can shred with physical activity so you can factor calories burned into your diet plan.

    Evaluate your caloric needs. 

    There are five different methods you can use to figure outhow many calories you should eat to lose weight. Use your pre-diet food journal, along with one of these other methods to get a personalized number.

    As you move through your weight loss plan, remember that you can come back to any of these steps to make changes. Adjust your goals, check in with your physician or re-evaluate your caloric intake if you aren’t getting the results you need.

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