You have all these ideas to put into your plan, but if you don't organize them, then you're going to have a hard time being successful. Before you ever get started trying to change your eating habits and learn to eat more nutritiously for life, you need to have your plan laid out.
Whether you track everything on paper, on the computer or tape it to your forehead is up to you. For the sake of this article, you're keeping track of everything in a notebook or folder. First, write down your goals, everything you want to accomplish with your diet. Group them into short-term goals and long-term goals.
Next, have you determined your goal weight? Think about a realistic goal weight, and think about how long it will take for you to get there. Now it's time to plan out the exercise portion of your plan. How often do you plan to exercise each day? If your answer is 60 minutes a day, three days consisting of 30 minutes cardio and 30 minutes muscle building exercises, and the rest of the days all cardiovascular exercise.
Now that you've recognized exercise as a part of your weight loss diet plan, it's time to look at how you're going to structure your meals. If people would just focus on cutting out a few unhealthy choices each meal, they would be in much better health.
Think about it for a second. Do you really need the soda, or could you have a glass of water or some fruit juice? Even diet soda would be better than 60 grams of sugar! And, does the chicken have to be fried, or could it be baked with a rosemary and garlic blend? Or even better, throw it on the barbecue with some tasty sauce.
The idea here is to look at each situation. Think about what you eat for breakfast. Then, think about what you eat for lunch and dinner. Now, start collectively building a portfolio of healthy recipes you are going to start using instead. Think about what you need to buy and make an "essentials" grocery list to always keep around.
You can then start making your weekly grocery list so that you can cook these healthier meals you want you and your family to eat. Some people even go as far as to plan out meals for an entire month. As you start your diet, record your weight loss weekly, and record anything else that can help you track how you're doing or motivate you in some way.