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The Importance of Planning

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” and when applied to weight loss, his words could not ring truer. Here’s five reasons why planning goes hand-in-hand with weight loss

1. Provides Purpose and Motivation

Every weight loss individual has a goal they strive for during their journey. At the beginning, it’s important to establish purpose and motivation. Why are you losing weight? What is motivating you to move forward? From there, you can construct your weight loss plan to carry you to the finish line. Every time you falter, simply go back to your reasons why, and then have it be the motivation to stick to your plan.

2. Taking New Risks

Weight loss can be scary, and you can read more about “Why Weight Loss Can Be Scary” on the blog. But facing those fears and overcoming those internal challenges, is key to weight loss. By planning ahead, you can identify those challenges and risks and create a plan to overcome them. For instance, if you’ve never eaten healthy before, and junk food is your go-to, eating your first nutritious meal can be daunting. However, if you research a delicious, nutritious recipe, and then prepare for it, it can be less scary and even more fun.

3. Improving Performance

If you’re in the middle of your weight loss journey, you can use planning ahead to monitor and improve performance. If you keep a weight loss journal, you can easily see which meals have kept you on track, and what times of days may be hard. For example, if you have late-night cravings, you can battle this with healthier snacks throughout the day. With RM3®, you have unlimited access to healthy greens, so you can easily add this to you daily intake without worrying about calories.

4. Decision-Making

Many times, throughout your weight loss journey, you will be faced with temptation. It might be temptation to give in to a quick, easy meal when you’re tired after a long work day, or it might be the temptation to eat a sweet snack when you’re at a social gathering. However, if you plan ahead, it will not only help you to fight these temptations, but overcome them again and again in the long run. If you plan your meals throughout every day, you can stave off hunger and cravings.

5. Achieving Success

Finally, the best part about planning is that it will get you where you need to go – finding long-term weight loss success. Consistently planning, including meal prepping, planning snacks, or planning how to fight challenges, like cravings, will help you to overcome any weight loss obstacles. The grand feeling of finally achieving the goals you set out to accomplish, is worth the effort it takes in planning to get there on the way.

Keep calm, and plan on! Visualize the new year and make your goals a reality with this Vision Board Worksheet.