I asked Tony to stop by and give us an update after the first week of his Diet Progress Program from over at Tony's Nutrition and Fitness. He's hosting a year long program for people who want to take control of their diet and fitness in 2013. Tony's giving folks a place to come share their goals, successes, loses and tips. It's never too late to join the party - go on over and sign up at any time - it's never too late to start on the path to a healthy lifestyle. Take it away Tony......
Week ONE of the 2013 Diet Progress Program overwhelmed me with the fantastic response! I want to thank everyone who signed in with diet goals and a huge round of applause to several who have already lost some weight in their first week. Way to go!!
And if you didn't lose any weight yet, don't despair - the first weeks are often a combination of trial and error to find what's working for you. What works for one person may not necessarily work for the next. Some people need to eat more of one food, or less of a food, maybe someone else needs to concentrate on exercises like walking, running or weights. And if you fell off your
Some people say dieting is hard - yes, sometimes it is hard. But the hard is what makes your successes so much sweeter. Savor that feeling when you step on the scale and see that the needle went down a little. And if it didn't, evaluate why it didn't and be honest with yourself. Did you have a caloric deficit for the week? Did you try to get some exercise in? Did you over indulge on something? Get off the scale, say this is a new week, and start again. Remember, a 1-2 lb loss per week is a good goal to shoot for.
Many diets fail because people think, "I need to lose 30 lbs or 50 lbs or 100 lbs" and that may feel overwhelming. Try thinking of it in a different way and maybe say "I want to lose 5 lbs this month." I lost my 80 lbs in less than a year, but I did it slowly, gradually and I spent some time researching what I was eating. I was actually surprised at how little I knew about what I was putting in my mouth every day. Once I had a better understanding of food and calories and fats, it was easier to figure out what to eat each day.
If you lost some weight the first week, please comment below on what your approach was. What did you change or do differently?
Good luck everyone on week 2!
One last thing, anyone is free to join in at any time during the year. You didn't have to sign up on day one. Jump on our bandwagon at any time during the year.
As always, be sure to consult your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise program. Get a professionals advice on what is the best course of action for you. Don't attempt anything that may cause injury. I want to remind everyone that I am NOT a licensed nutritionist so I cannot tell you what to do. I am only sharing my knowledge with others and sharing my journey. Consult your doctor for his advice.