I have listed down 6 steps if you want to learn how to be slim and energetic
1. Set your sights right
You need to know what you want. Most people just think I want to lose weight, or how I wish I have that kind of body when they look at magazine covers and think I would start going on a diet. All this are very fuzzy and not concrete enough for your mind to work the right way. Your mind is the most important tool in your toolbox in your bid to become slim. Therefore, you have to use it in the right way. First, identify what kind of body you want, research on what kind of weight and fat composition would allow you to achieve that result. Next, perform an analysis on what is the weight and fat you need to lose to move you from your current point to your desired point.
2. Plan your Attack meticulously
Based on the analysis, draw up an appropriate meal and exercise plan, detailing precisely what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner and what exercises including duration for each. This will take into consideration the amount of calories, fat and protein that you will ingest at every meal. Personally, my advice is to go for about 700 calories for breakfast, 850 calories for lunch and 450 calories for dinner, giving a total of 2000 calories which is the amount needed to maintain your bodily functions based on a sedentary lifestyle. Depending on what are your weight loss targets, just reduce in equal proportion from each, say 20%. I would not advise cutting it way below a total of 1500 calories though as it would make you lose your energy. Detailing the duration of each type of exercise allows you to assess how much more calories (weight) you could burn.
3. Execute ruthlessly is the key to how to be slim and energetic
Stick to the above plan, set up reward and penalty system when you deviate from it. You may want to have a buddy system, someone who can call you to task when you “misbehave”.
4. Review your progress objectively
Take stock of your situation fortnightly, how much progress have you made, dissect your actions during those 2 weeks, did you follow the plan, when did you go off the rails, why and what could you have done better.
5. Continue to pursue persistently
Taking what you learn from point 4, continue on your plan and never give up or give in. Before long, you will see the results. Not only would you have lost weight but the plan and purposeful achievement of it would have quite energised you.
6. Tie up the loose ends
Happy with the end results ? This is the time that most people fail and go on to gain back more weight than they were initially. From point 1, we already pointed out that the most important and powerful tool is your mind. What does the mind do when you have reached your goal. It will start to wander and it is like it is being let off a leash and all kinds of cravings starts creeping in and before long, you would have put back all those lbs you lost and more. So, very important when you have reached your goal, you would need to set new goals for your mind. I would call it the maintenance plan. It is basically a new set of meal and exercise plan that keeps your weight and shape after you have reached your desired result.
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