Top 3 Mistakes Made When Creating a Weight Loss Plan

In sharing my 5-step process for having the health and body you want, I suspect step 4 might be your favorite. Chances are, you’ve dedicated considerable effort to it. However, if you’re not seeing the desired outcomes, it’s time for refinement. Time to make it uniquely yours. I’m talking about creating a weight loss plan.

This is where people are most at ease, deciphering the what and the how. But enduring habits come from doing the deep work, which is why we laid the groundwork with Steps 1, 2, and 3. Once that foundation is laid (imperfect, but in motion), devising a weight loss plan and staying the course becomes significantly easier.

To start, let’s sidestep these 3 common mistakes people make with their plans:

  1. Neglecting to tailor the plan to their current life stage.
  2. Constantly tweaking the plan, keeping habits from taking root and yielding results.
  3. Too much reliance on external sources for solutions, overlooking inherent wisdom.

The antidote to these missteps lies in introspection. Set aside the apps, the calorie counters, the fitness gadgets—for now. 

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Think about the healthy lifestyle you want to live. Go back to what you clarified in step 2. With that in mind, make a list of all the things you would need to start doing and stop doing. Add to it what you need to do more of and less of. And then recognize what you need to continue doing. In asking yourself these questions, you’ll realize you possess more insight than you give yourself credit for. (P.S. I’ve got a nifty tool to aid your brainstorming—drop me an email and I’ll send it your way.)

Next, practice patience. Imagine it’ll take a year or two to seamlessly integrate these changes into your life. Where would you begin? Reflect on your current routines and what resonates with you. Leverage past experiences to propel you forward, methodically introducing changes month by month, focusing on small steps, big results. And when it’s time, reintroduce the apps and trackers, if they align with your goals and progress.

Then, decide what makes sense for you to implement right now. Get good at it. Move on to the next. With a well-crafted, personalized plan, results will come. Yes, it may require tweaks along the way. But only because you’re being deliberate, not rushing from one tactic to the next in pursuit of quick fixes.

Need support tailoring a plan to fit your unique needs? Let’s carve out some time to chat.

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