Frustrated over fad diets that never work? Are you ready to make better lifestyle choices to boost your weight loss efforts? Then it’s time to develop your own diet plan. Most dieters hire a personal trainer or a dietitian to develop a diet plan to lose weight. But you can create your own plan and customize it according to your needs! Below is a step-by-step guide to developing a diet plan made specifically for you:
Step 1: Dig Deeper
Start by researching different diet plans. Pay close attention to the rules and restrictions and use these as guidelines to your own diet plan. Your research and the diet plan itself will depend on what you hope to achieve. For instance, if you want to lose weight, go for diet plans that focus on high protein, low carb foods. On the other hand, if you want to bulk up, you can double up your protein intake.
Step 2: Developing the Rules and Restrictions
Once you have an idea what diet plan you want to stick with, list down a set of guidelines that you will adhere to. You can add calorie counting, a vegetable-based diet, limited calorie intake, substitutions, etc. For instance, if your diet plan does not include a second breakfast, don’t take a second breakfast. If your diet plan only allows for 500 calories during dinnertime, you have to stick to that. It’s your diet plan so you will make the rules. And you have to stick to it no matter what!
Step 3: Track Your Progress
One of the most critical parts of any diet plan is progress tracking. You want to start by measuring the circumference of your legs, arms and abdomen before dieting. List down the figures and continue measuring yourself every two weeks.
Get a food and fitness diary and start listing down the food you ate in a day and the kind of workout you completed in a week. By tracking your progress, you will know if your diet plan is working. But if say, you ended up gaining an extra five pounds because of your “diet,” then you’ll have to tweak your plan to increase your weight loss potential.
Step 4: Develop a Support System
Letting other people know about your diet allows you to be more responsible in terms of sticking to your new lifestyle. You hold yourself accountable for every slip-up. You are also motivated to work harder when you surround yourself with people who understand what you are going through. So, it pays to develop a support system. Talk about your diet plans with friends or reach out to others who are going through the same thing. The idea here is to get a sense of united front and getting support from people who care.
Step 5: Celebrate Little Victories
Don’t wait for major feats before celebrating. Even if you lost just a pound, celebrate it! Celebrating little victories will motivate you to stay on course. You are more likely to stick to a diet plan when you are seeing results, no matter how small!