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Personalize Your Tailored Weight Loss Program For Success

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A personalized weight loss system is more than getting a personal trainer to tailor a fat loss and weight loss program for you. That is a great place to start but it soon becomes dry ink on paper—unless you further personalize the plan.

If this sounds strange to you, just keep reading. You need to really learn “what makes you tick.” I can get a good idea about your needs, wants and tendencies by talking with you. I will use this information and physical measurements to craft a fitness program for you to follow.

But if you’re really going to improve your health and fitness over a lifetime, you have to make this “fitness thing” personal. Or, said another way, make the adjustments necessary--no matter what--to improve your health and change your body to lean and toned.

How do you do this? I can’t tell you exactly how to do it because every person is unique. I can give you some examples of how some clients, as well as myself, have made fitness a personal issue and succeeded.

I will use some familiar examples:

1. Keep a food journal. Research has proven that you will have a better chance of succeeding with your meal plan if you keep a food journal. This will help you keep track of your eating habits and help you make needed changes. By logging your actual food choices, you are holding yourself accountable throughout the day. You will also be forced to plan your meals better.

Some people are not wired to write down every thing in a journal every day. If you are this type person, you have to come up with a way to track what you eat. My preferred way to do this is to plan and pack my meals for the day.

I have some clients who have written down what they eat for a few days until they get the hang of their new meal plan. Find what works for you. Find comparable replacements for foods you don’t like. There’s no reason to eat anything you don’t like. Bottom line: comply with your meal plan at least 90 percent of the time.

2. Find an accountability partner such as friend, spouse or personal trainer. Research proves that social support is a huge part of your success. Don’t try to do your exercise program alone.

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