Planning Required

Here’s an article in the Huffington Post that makes a lot of the same points about weight loss that I’ve brought up in the past. The main point is that proper planning is key to losing weight.

One element of that planning is a food diary, which I have also found a useful tool. The article says

Keeping a food diary helps people track their caloric intake so that they are more aware of what they are eating. These diaries have worked well to help folks both lose weight and maintain their weight loss. In the past few years, however, there have been online food diaries available to help people with weight loss, and there are dozens, if not hundreds of sites that offer calorie and exercise tracking.

Another great way to track food that I’ve used in the past is taking pictures of what I eat on my phone. This method is quick and accurate, which oftentimes food logs are not.

The second major aspect of planning that the article touches on is planning meals. My diet is very regular, which eliminates the need for me to make potentially bad eating decisions, and I always make sure to prepare my meals in advance so that I’m not cooking when I’m hungry. Planning ahead is key:

If you take some time over the weekend, say, and plan out all of your meals for the coming week, then go to the grocery store and buy everything you need, you essentially have your food diary already filled out. You won’t be stuck standing in front of the refrigerator at 7:30 p.m. after your daughter’s soccer practice wondering what you’re going to have for dinner, because you’ll already know… Even more than planning for the coming week, it’s essential to plan how much you’re going to eat at those meals.

Planning is key to weight loss, no matter what stage you’re at. Whether you’re just starting out or trying to keep off weight you lost years ago, thinking ahead and being methodical about your food choices will help you succeed.


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

One Comment:

  1. christene adams

    I lost 100 lbs by joining a weight lost support group program that I go every tuesday nite for 5 years. I even do keep track of what I’m eating. also exercising will help to lose weight.

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