Diets do not work: The highlights up to now:
* Many of us are food addicts (Part 1)
* You need to change your lifestyle to lose weight permanently, just following a diet every now and then does not work
* It is not your fault that you are overweight, technology and civilisation is to blame
* Larger varieties of food choices results in higher calorie loads
* Internal and external food sources – We lie about what we eat, to ourselves and to others
* The speed at which we can expect successful permanent lifestyle change depends entirely upon our own mindset.
Always remember that the main goal and idea is to effect permanent lifestyle change and not to follow a fad diet for a few weeks.
Action plan rules:
An action plan consists of many sections and one or more sections must be active at any time
Action plan is always in writing, one section per page as each section is a chapter and is important
The main thing is that in WRITING out our plan, a SINGLE PAGE at a time, with DATES and GOALS we are creating an advantage in terms of actually achieving permanent weight loss.
Each section contains the following fields:
Date of this section:
This is the date on which this section of the action plan will become active
Expected completion date
This is the date on which you expect this section to be complete and achieved
This is a detailed description of the action being undertaken.
Some shorthand examples:
Date: 16 July 2013
Expected completion date: 16 August 2013
Action: Reduce bread and flour products in my diet by at least 50 percent
Date: 26 July 2013
Expected completion date: 26 August 2013
Action: Reduce sugar and all sugar containing products in my diet by at least 50 percent
Date: 26 August 2013
Expected completion date: 26 September 2013
Action: Reduce potatoes and starch containing products in my diet by at least 50 percent
Date: 26 September 2013
Expected completion date: 26 October 2013
Action: Reduce processed food products in my diet by at least 50 percent
Choosing the correct expected completion date is very important. If you set this date too short (a week, month or year) you may revert to old habits and if you set this date too long you may become bored and lose direction.
Each section has a set or fixed timeframe and your timeframe is dependant upon the speed at which you answered the question:
Are you absolutely sure that you really want to lose weight and keep the weight off, forever and ever?
If you answered the question instantaneously and immediately with no pause or thought your timeframe can be anything from a month to a week.
More about this in the last article in this series: Action plan for successful permanent weight loss
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