It’s never too early or too late to set goals for your weight loss.
If you are looking to set a weight loss goal and are considering the 17 Day Diet as a method to reach your goal, here is a 10-point checklist to help you get started, plus a few extra bonus points!
1. Quick Start Guide
Get a jumpstart on the 17 Day Diet with my quick start guide. I’ve boiled down all 531 pages of The 17 Day Diet Book in my free 24-page guide. I give you an overview of the diet by cycle, best practices for the Transitional Day Fast, a complete food list for each cycle, a weight loss goal chart and more. Sign up for your free 17 Day Diet Plan PDF guide now.
2. Sign a Diet Contract with Yourself
By formally committing to the 17 Day Diet, this signed contract will help keep yourself accountable and successful. (grab your free weight loss contract download)
3. Join an online support group
I run a free private Facebook group with over 6700 members (and climbing). This is a special place to get support from other like-minded individuals who are on the same journey as you. Join for recipe swaps, quarterly weight loss challenges and encouragement in a judgment-free group. Request to join my group now.
4. Buy a weight scale that measures in .2 pound increments
You’d be surprised how many times you might be shy of pound by one or two ounces. It can get very discouraging not seeing the scale move as quickly as you’d like it to. So if you get a scale that measures in .2 pound increments, you’ll see every ounce of progress along the way! (here’s a great scale I use)
5. Write it all down in your daily food journal
There’s something special about putting pen to paper that actually helps you stay on track. I have both a one-page simple food journal (you can download that here) or I now have published a paperback food journal that not only allows you to keep track your food by cycle, but includes daily prompts for affirmations, gratitude journaling, and more. You can check out a copy of my Simply Me daily food journal on Amazon.
6. Use a daily weight loss tracker
Remember, every ounce counts! If you’re the type of person who needs to keep track of your weight loss daily, then by all means, you need a weight loss tracker. Not only is my one-page tracker perfect for keeping track of your weight loss, but it’s also keeping track of your inches, too. Remember the scale is not the only indicator (download your weight tracker here) or check out my Simply Me daily food journal on Amazon that also allows you to keep track of your weight and inches lost.
7. Buy a pair of inexpensive dumb bells
Cardio is great for weight loss, but a little bit of strength training with your routine will really set you up for great results. Use a pair of dum bells for your 17 Day Diet walking workouts (to maximize caloric burn). Start small and go for 2 to 3 pound weights — you’ll be surprised at how well they work, even when they don’t weight that much! (here are some great dumbbells here).
8. Plan ahead for your first week
When it comes to weight loss, planning ahead is really your #1 key to success. Plan your meal plans and your grocery list ready a week before you’re ready to start your diet. This will give you a quick head start and help you become more successful. (Read this blog post for some helpful ideas on how to prepare ahead with meal plans and recipes.)
9. Get an exercise buddy or accountability partner
Getting fit and losing weight is more fun when you can do it with someone you like and a friend that holds you accountable. You can join my free online support group and grab an accountability partner to help you stay motivated.
10. Surround yourself with positive people
You’re the average of the 5 people you spend your most time with. Make sure you’re spending time with people who uplift you and support you every step of the way. Most importantly, since you spend 100% of your time with yourself, make sure you have a positive mindset.
11. Get a step-by-step meal plan to help you get started right away
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and don’t know quite where to start, get a little extra help — consider purchasing one of my awesome meal plans. If you need help with Cycle 1, then check out my step-by-step meal plan called C1 Slim Down™.
If you need a bit more extra help with all cycles of the 17 Day Diet, take a look at Simple N’ Lean 17™. Both of these kits including meal plans, recipes, shopping lists, and some really cool bonus gifts!
12. Check out BistroMD home delivered meals
If you’re a busy mom tired of cooking two different meals (one for you and the other for your family) or just too tired to cook from your long day at work, here’s a WONDERFUL solution for you!
BistroMD has a delicious AND affordable 17 Day Diet Meal Delivery Service. All food is 17 Day Diet approved, prepared using quality ingredients, frozen fresh and delivered to your door each week. You can check out more information on my review of the BistroMD 17 Day Diet Meal Delivery Service.
FREE CHECKLIST DOWNLOAD: Click here to save a copy of your own 17 Day Diet Checklist