When you have decided it is time to lose weight, you will be half way to success if you plan properly. You need to prepare yourself psychologically a few days before you are ready to start, if you want rapid results.
Organize your equipment. Check your scales and make sure they are in good working order. To be sure compare the value your home scales give you, to the ones your doctor has. If you want a precise reading, opt for digital scales; they will give you your exact weight.
Make sure there is no junk food around the house or other tempting snacks that are no good for your regime in the cupboards or fridge. Even though you may think your will not be tempted, you will soon find the contrary is true, so better be safe than sorry.
The best way to start a diet program is to prepare the weeks menu beforehand. This will save you time and will avoid further temptation. If you are too tired to think, you may be tempted to eat something easy to grab, which will probably be fattening! You can hang up the menu in the kitchen somewhere, so that everyone in the family can see and know what to expect. Go shopping for your groceries, preferably after you have already eaten, you will be less tempted to buy a favourite snack you may want to keep somewhere around the house, just in case. Buy plenty of fruit and vegetables and only buy the ingredients you need for the weeks diet plan, no more.
You will have to set yourself your weight target for the week. Be reasonable do not fix yourself impossible goals, it is better to find you have lost more than you had aimed for than find yourself nowhere near your target. To be safe, plan to lose an average of one to two pounds per week. If you find that you are losing less pounds as the weeks pass, you can adapt your diet plan and cut down on the calories a bit more or add more exercise.
Fruit and vegetables should be kept around the house and prepared to be readily available for eating. This will help you if you have a sudden craving, you can always pick up a peeled or chopped fruit instead of an unhealthy snack. Avoid bread and butter at the table and prepare your vegetables as naturally as possible, by steaming or raw. Keep away from salad dressings that are high in fats, and all those extra sauces and condiments, which are oily and fattening.
If you prepare your weight program carefully, you will lose weight faster and achieve the wished for results. If you are in doubt, go to your doctor for advice.