Something's are as easy as ABCD, but losing weight is not one of them. People have tried different ways, different weight loss plans and different exercise regimens to lose weight and there is just no hard and fast rule to it. However, I think everybody agrees that weight gain and subsequently weight loss are both dependent on food input and calorie output or better calorie input and calorie output.
Some people have actually micromanaged themselves to the weight they desire and this involves not only keeping meticulous notes of what you eat and what they contain, but also how you go about burning them off through exercise and the motivation to stick to the plan.
Below are some of the strategies you can employ to micromanage yourself into shape:
This simply means setting goals that you can attain. If this is your first time starting to exercise or run or walk, do not start off by trying to do everything in one day. Set reasonable goals like, I'll start of with a 30 minutes walk or brisk walking today and depending on how it goes will then increase it by 5 minutes every 2 days. Having a defined place or number we want to reach helps achieve goals and not abandoning them. For example, I'll run on the tread mill for 45 minutes today at level 10 or I will lift 10kg dumbbells 3 sets of ten is a lot easier to accomplish than saying, I will run on the tread mill until I am tired.
This is easy to say, but difficult to carry out. This involves avoiding situations that will cause you to break away from your already defined routine of eating. Things like a friend's birthday party, going to a movie with friends or just hanging out. You have to prepare yourself before venturing out or don't go at all. You must have a plan of what you will eat, and the response you will make when you are offered something to eat so that you do not appear rude or you decide to indulge just his once. The last one is dangerous because you either find yourself indulging more often or deciding that since you have already broken your rule you might as well indulge all the way.
Stick to your plan
It is a lot better to lose weight by eating smaller frequent meals, than to eat 3 large meals. The greatest problem with the six frequent meals is adhering to it. So what you do again is plan your feeding ahead for the day and bring whatever food or snack that you eat with you, so that you don't grab whatever you see when you get hungry. Another good strategy is to buy smaller plates and when eating you can feel up your plate and only have that one helping no seconds.
Weight yourself regularly
The idea behind this is to keep you focused on what you are doing and why you are doing it. It also helps you monitor your progress, and nothing is as motivating as seen expected results. However, when you climb on the scale and notice that you have gained weight, it still keeps you in check. At least you then know that more work needs to be done and go through your list of foods to see what should be eliminated.
Measure input and output
This basically involves keeping a record of the calorie content of the food you eat and the calories you burn when you exercise. Well, I'm going to say it is a bit tough especially when you are just starting. Some times you just don't know how to figure out the calories in a meal but most restaurants especially in New York are coming around that listing the calorie content on the menu. Measuring what you burn is easier on the machine. I don't think anybody builds an exercise machine these days without a way to give you a digital view of the calories you are burning.
The weight loss process is a journey for some people always on going, but micromanaging your strategy makes it a destination. The input output chart will help you figure out when to step up or step down either part of the equation and this helps you achieve your ultimate goal. Keeping your finger on every aspect of your weight loss is a strategy that is very productive when you concentrate on it.