There are all manner of tips and suggestions for losing weight. Many are fad diets, restricting whole food groups. Some are useless; others are harmful to your health. However, most experts, such as Dr. Oz, agree that the best ideas are to change your way of eating and thinking about food.
Healthy food choices do not just happen by chance. To eat healthily and wisely, a weight loss eating plan is necessary. Planning before shopping and before preparing and eating a meal helps one make better choices. In addition, it also helps cut down on preparation time, meaning more time can be devoted to enjoyable activities, preferably ones involving activity so as to help with weight loss plans.
Steps for Developing a Weight Loss Eating Plan for Women
There are several steps to developing a weight loss-eating plan for women. Following these few steps will make planning easier and more effective. These steps include:
- Determine Current Weight/BMI and Ideal Weight/BMI
To get started, you need to determine where you are now, and where you need to go. Do not think you are going to achieve the weight you weighed as a teen or young adult if you are older.
You should get with your doctor to determine your ideal weight and body mass index (BMI). The BMI indicates how much of your weight is fat. Set your goal for both weight and BMI with your doctor or nutrition specialist.
- Set Goals
Knowing where you are and where you need to go will help encourage you. However, if you have a lot to lose, it may be discouraging. In that case, it is best to set intermediate goals that you can achieve speedily. This will keep you encouraged. For example, if you weight 210, set an initial goal of getting to 200, or 199 so you can feel like you have broken a record.
- Determine Desired Calorie Plan
Again, work with your doctor or nutritionist to determine the proper calorie goal. Follow the plan they give you, or research for sensible plans that you can follow for the rest of your life and that include all food groups.
- Make Lifestyle Changes
Make lifestyle changes that will aid in your health, mentally and physically. Include exercise, hobbies, good support groups, or whatever you feel will help you.
- Celebrate Your Successes
Reward yourself for small successes along the way. Celebrating for achievements will make your feel more capable of succeeding in the larger goal.