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Friday, June 22, 2012

In addition to your weight goals (see the previous section), several other types of goals are essential to the long-term success of a low-calorie lifestyle plan. They include your

Setting up your lifestyle goals Low Calorie Dieting - Beginner's Guide
Food goals: These goals are the changes you want to make to your diet, such as how much you eat, the types of food you choose to eat, and the amount of calories you consume.
  • Your long-term food goal is to make a low-calorie diet plan part of your permanent lifestyle.
  • Your intermediate-term food goal may include preparing and eating more low-cal meals at home.
  • In keeping with these far-reaching goals, one of your short-term food goals may be preparing a low-calorie dinner tonight. (See Chapter 14 for several ideas.)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

One benefit of using a self-help weight-loss method like the plan in this blog is that you have plenty of flexibility within the plan, and you don’t have to answer to a nutritionist, a group leader, or a weight-loss counselor. But because you’re going it alone, you have to do a little more thinking for yourself. You have to set yourself up on a personalized program and to do that, you need to use the same tools any professional would use to set that plan up for you. These tools include goal setting, journaling with a food diary, and keeping track of your weight.

You don’t have to use every tool in the blog or answer every question in every quiz, but the more you discover about yourself and your eating habits, the better your chances of developing a plan that works for you.

Establishing your weight goals

The amount of weight you want to lose, the lifestyle changes you’re willing to make to help you lose it, and all the little steps you’ll take along the way make up your long-term, intermediate-term, and short-term goals. (Before you settle on your goals, you can use the formulas in Chapter 2 to figure out how much weight you want to lose.)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Checking Your Attitude When following a low calorie diet
When following a low calorie diet and controlling your weight, attitude is everything. Well, almost everything. To succeed, you definitely need a positive attitude and a good, steady supply of resolve. That means paying as much attention to what’s in your head as you do to what’s on your plate. In the following sections, you find tips you can use to help keep your attitude happy, healthy, and in check.

Finding and maintaining your motivation

Different things motivate different people to start a low-calorie diet and stick to it. You have to find your own best personal motivators by figuring out what matters most to you and what makes you feel good about yourself. Do you want to be healthy, look good, live longer, and feel the tremendous sense of accomplishment that comes from breaking bad habits and developing good ones? The motivators you believe in are the ones that will work for you.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The more you know about who you are as an individual and the better you identify your habits, the easier making those necessary changes and committing to a lifelong plan of healthier eating and living will be. The following sections help you start a low-calorie lifestyle today.

Making changes one step at a time
When you’re clear about which aspects of your life actually need to be changed, you can begin taking real steps to enact those changes.

The best place to start is with a commitment to yourself. Promise yourself that you’re never going to give up on yourself. Acknowledge now that cutting back on the amount of food you’re used to eating won’t be easy. At the same time, keep telling yourself you can do it! Be your own cheerleader. Promise yourself that you won’t kick yourself when you fall off the food wagon. Successful dieters don’t scold themselves or give up. They give themselves a pep talk and jump right back on.

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