Benjamin Franklin once said, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." (He was a wise man — plus, he's on the $100 bill, so that should count for something.)
This nugget of wisdom is especially true when it comes to your transformation. If you want to ensure your success, you need to prepare for it.
5 Planning Tips to Help You Succeed at Weight Loss
This preparation applies to both your food and your time management. If you take time to make healthy food in advance and have it ready to go, then you'll be less likely to reach for something that will derail your progress.
It's not easy to track every meal, but it's key to your success. A great way to save time is prepping meals in advance by making a big batch of food and freezing portions or getting your slow cooker cranking in the morning before you head to work. If you haven't already, sign up now for the free LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Calorie Tracker — available on desktop and for iOS and Android devices.
If you carve out time in your schedule and plan your workouts, you'll be more likely to stick with it. It's an appointment you're making with yourself, and building it into your schedule helps it become a healthy habit. Eventually, it will become part of your healthy lifestyle.
Here are 5 tips to help you prepare and plan for success:
- Make lunches ahead of time.
- Prep your food and portion it out into daily containers in your fridge.
- Invest in a slow cooker to make a variety of delicious and healthy meals in advance.
- Put your workout on your schedule and keep the appointment.
- Set out your workout clothes the night before so you'll be ready to go.
You'll find tasty, easy and healthy recipes on LIVESTRONG.COM to help set yourself up for success, so start planning and prepping so you can get the results you want!
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