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Weight Loss: The Beginner's Guide to Losing Weight

By Lawrence Cole

So you've decided that you're going to do it.

You're sick and tired of being sick and tired and are once and for all

hell bent on losing weight.

Well, let me be the first to warn you of a very grim fact:

Millions have tried before you and most of them have

failed miserably at reaching their weight loss and diet


Therefore, I've put together a little beginner's guide to

help make sure that you are one of the few that actually ends

up being successful at this.

1. Get an accurate picture of where you are now

Many people just go and hop on a diet or weight loss program without

knowing exactly where they are from the start. This is dangerous

because along the way there WILL be numerous times where you will be tempted

to simply quit altogether. Without knowing where you started, you won't

be able to accurately gauge your progress. Not being able too see that

progress put you at an extremely high risk of quitting down the road when

the going gets tough.

2. Set specific, realistic goals for your weight loss, and WRITE THEM DOWN.

This is one of the most ill-executed steps in the entire process of losing

weight. Most people will passively quote some random amount of weight that

they "hope" to lose.

- "I need to lose 30 lbs."

- "I'm trying to get back down to a size X"

- "If I can just fit back into Y, I'll be fine"

That is the exact WRONG way to go about your weight loss. All above the above

are hopes. Wishes. Desires. And none does a thinner body make.

What you need are detailed, definite goals that are

written and time bound (e.g. "over the next 3 months")

to hold yourself accountable to doing what you

said you were going to do by the time you said you were going to do it.

3. Adopt a step-by-step course of action to get you there

In order for this to work there needs to be a concrete method to your

weight loss madness. To this end, you need to chose a weight loss plan

that will lead you step-by-step through what to eat (and what not to eat),

how and when to exercise, and every other imaginable aspect of losing

weight. The reason for this is that goals have a much better chance of

becoming reality when they are being attained as a result of a plan or system

of action.

4. Get started IMMEDIATELY

Most flunkies know how to study. Most broke people know how wealth is

generated. Most overweight people how to lose weight. However, what separates

all of these very knowledgeable, yet unsuccessful people from the results

they desire is action. Don't let that be your fate.

Once you have written specific goals and chosen a plan of action, don't

delay in getting right on track to weight loss. The cheesecake, burgers,

chocolate, and pastries aren't going anywhere. You can snack on them moderately

once you've achieved your goals. Don't get caught into the

trap of holding off having Your

Best Body any longer. The sooner you start, the sooner you'll be done.

5. Be Prepared for the emotional roller coaster

Nearly everyone who has tried to lose weight has had some level of success

at one time or another. For those who have not been able to sustain desirable

results, being knocked out by the emotional roller coaster is most likely to blame.

Look, losing weight is very simple, but not easy. If it were, there wouldn't

be so many people trying to get it right. The #1 skill that you will need to

develop in order to make it through is surviving the roller coaster of emotions.

One day you'll feel as if you're getting great results. A week later, you may actually

feel that you are moving backwards. Either way, just know that as long as

you consistently follow the weight loss principles, you will ALWAYS move forward, even

if it does not feel like it.

6. Don't stop until your goal is reached, no matter WHAT

So many times people come to a screeching halt in their efforts to lose

weight and diet because they get discouraged a portion of the way through OR

after they reach a certain benchmark they allow themselves to be satisfied

and quit the program even though their goal has not been reached.


There was a specific reason that you set your initial goal. Do not sell

yourself short by settling for anything less. Stick it out until the very end,

and your sense of accomplishment will be irreplaceable.

7.Once you've reached your goal, never, EVER let yourself blow up


This is the last and final barrier to ultimate success in your efforts to

lose weight.

Make sure not to allow yourself to relapse while you are in maintenance mode.

I recommend sticking to the same general principles that helped you lose the weight

and then occasionally indulging in some of the foods that you love. This balance

is the best way to keep the body that you've worked for and not feel over-restricted.

Make this the first and last time that you ever have to go through a weight loss

program. Remember that if you can just get it right one good time, you can

literally maintain it forever with little effort.

To YourBestBody,

Lawrence Cole

Your Lifestyle and Fitness Coach

About The Author
Lawrence Cole is a Lifestyle and Fitness Consultant based out of Los Angeles, CA. He has over 10 years of health and fitness experience and designing simple, effective nutritional strategies to help individuals achieve their personal best internal health and physical conditioning.

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