5 Things You Need to Know Before You Start a Weight-Loss Plan

There are so many reasons why you want to lose weight, and no matter which one it is, you should definitely do it if it will make you feel better. However, you should know that this path is not an easy one – it takes a lot of hard work, devotion and willingness. Many who choose to embark on this trip are unaware of all the choices they have to make, so it would be excellent if you knew certain things beforehand. Take a look at the 5 most important things that you need to know before jumping on this bandwagon, and when you succeed, remember us!

Not everyone’s the same

It might be that your colleague or friend lost a lot of weight by using one diet, but you need to know that this one in particular might not be the best one for you. First of all, you need to take your likes and dislikes into consideration, because that specific diet might not be your cup of tea, and there are so many others that you can choose from. Secondly, not every body is the same, so the best thing would be to talk to a nutritionist and actually see what the things you can eat are, and start from there. After you determine your own diet,  you will be free to choose your type of exercise if you want to.

Speaking of diet and exercise…

Having a custom-made diet plan is half the work. For example, you can cut your calories all you want, but if you don’t eat the things that are good for your body, you won’t get anywhere (and once again, our tip is to consult your nutritionist). In the same manner, if you want to exercise (and you definitely should if you want to lose weight in the proper manner), it would be best to ask a personal fitness trainer for help as he will know exactly which exercises you should be doing. This is not a small thing, so it’s not a great idea for you to hit the gym and do whatever exercises you feel like doing at that moment. There are special muscles that you need to work on, and special exercises that will help you burn your fat.

Making a plan is necessary

You’ve probably heard of the saying “Have a plan, or plan to fail”, and things cannot get more realistic than that. Having a plan is an essential part of any journey, let alone the weight-loss journey that needs a lot of organization. See with the people who are willing to help you how often you should be visiting the gym or what meals you should be eating for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you’re, however, not a planner, there is something that might help you, which brings us to number 4.

Keep a diary

Before starting anything, be sure that we usually intake more calories than we should – and this is why keeping a diary with all your meals and calories in it is a great idea. You could also calculate how many calories you’ve burned during your last gym session and keep track of everything. You don’t have to keep a written diary, though – there are many applications and websites online that calculate the intake of calories, so make use of them.

Ask for support

Even though this might not sound like a relevant piece of advice, it’s actually very important. If you choose to embark on this weight-loss journey, you need to surround yourself with people who will support you and who will realize how difficult it is to, for example, stop eating the things that you’ve always loved. With support, your chances of success are even higher. This encouragement can come in many forms – you can ask your friends to stop having lunch together at a junk food restaurant and opt for salads instead, or ask someone to come with you to the gym and work out together. Not only does it feel good, but it will also give amazing results.


What else can we say except – good luck? It’s not an easy path, this one that you have chosen, but with determination, support and hard work you will be able to do whatever you want.

Post Author: Peter Minkoff

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