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6 Questions You Should Ask Before Committing To A Weight Loss Program

Transformation Tip #6: Choosing the right program to help you achieve your goals

Congratulations. You’ve decided to lose weight, get fit or both!

The next step is to choose the right kind of program for you.
With so much conflicting information out there and so many options how do you choose the program that is right for you?

If I could offer my advice I’d say the most important thing to remember is to choose a program that involves nutrition that is healthy and sustainable long-term, and exercise that is fun..otherwise you just won’t keep it up. Nobody would.

To figure out what is right for you, ask yourself these 6 questions:

Question 1: What type of exercise do you like?
Choose an indoor facility if you don’t like heat or cold or training outside. Enjoyment is the key to sticking to an exercise plan. Choose an activity you enjoy, not one you think is ‘good for you’. Think back. Did you enjoy a particular physical activity in past years? If so, give that activity another go.

Question 2: How do you prefer to exercise?

  • Do you prefer the freedom of going it alone? Are you self-motivated enough to do so? If the answer is yes, then just start! Begin eating well and get that membership at your local fitness facility – and if you don’t even need that, then hit the parks, hit the road and get running, or put on a fitness DVD and do your workouts at home.
  • Do you prefer to achieve your goals with a buddy? You may be more likely to commit to a physical activity routine and healthy nutrition plan if you are doing it with someone else.
  • Do you like team sports or group fitness? Group training is full of people who have the same desire to keep fit and healthy and provides an energetic atmosphere where you are likely to push yourself more than you would on your own.

Question 3: Do you know what to do and how to do it to get results?
Be really honest with yourself because if you’re not sure, then you could really benefit from the guidance of an experienced professional who knows what they are doing and knows what you need to do to get the results you are after. The professional you choose to help you is passionate about their work, and has lots of experience and a long list of success in helping people achieve their goals.

  • Do you need a little? If you know you will be ok with a little direction and a small amount of accountability then an online program may be the way to go. Go for well known professional online programs.
  • Or…do you need a LOT? If you’re like most of us you might! Because without it, maybe you just won’t get started on your own. Maybe you need someone in a position of authority to give you a push when you need it and someone to hold you accountable to your goals and to be there to help you when you feel like falling off the bandwagon.
  • Are you someone who needs to be told exactly what to do and when to do it? Do you need a highly structured program, be given a nutrition plan to follow, workouts to do and be shown how to do properly, do you need regular face-to-face contact and progress measurement so you know you’re getting closer to your goals, because if you do then you need an experienced personal trainer or a transformations coach like myself who can give you that one-on-one personalised attention to help you get the results you want.

Next, carefully check the nutrition philosophy of a prospective program – think long-term lifestyle change.

Question 4: Does the program use real, easily accessible food?
Any program that requires you to buy hard-to-obtain foods, make complicated meals, or wants you to purchase expensive supplements or meal replacements is not a program that is sustainable long-term.

Question 5: Does the program address mindset?
We all know that weight loss requires the right nutrition plan and the right exercise but if that’s all it takes to achieve our health and wellness goals then we would all achieve long-term success after completing a program. Yet in spite of success while following a program, we often fall off the bandwagon at some point after. There is more to long-term success than just food and exercise. And it’s got to do with mindset – your particular mindset will determine the way you behave, your outlook on life and your attitude towards everything in your life. Mindset upgrade including coming up with strategies to cope with self-sabotage behaviour should be a part of any reputable program.

Question 6: And finally does the program teach you how to sustain and maintain your results?
Does it teach you how to keep going with your progress after the program is over? There must be an educational element dedicated to equipping you with the skills you need to be able to make good choices beyond the program.

Finally you need to identify the excuses that stop you from starting.
Recognise procrastination for what it is. Once you’ve identified what you need from a program, stop putting it off and get to it.
It might be that a messy house is source of distraction so by tidying up or decluttering it feels like a weight has been lifted so you can focus on yourself and what you need to do.
If you’re out of fresh food then go food shopping and do a big cook-up to guarantee you will have the right food available and no excuses to not eat right.
I know if I’ve had a weekend of not eating that great, I often do a big clean and spend some time doing food-prep to get me back on track and focused again.

 

Written by Laska, Owner of Dynamic Boxing and Body Transformations Coach.

PS If you would like advice on starting your very own Body Transformation journey and genuinely desire long-term lifestyle change, please contact me here.

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