Diet

How to Get Started With The Daniel Plan

You probably ought to have the book, The Daniel Plan. Then sign up at the Daniel Plan website to get great support. Aside from those basic steps lets move on.

Step 0: Know your inspiration.

See Making the Daniel Plan Work For You.

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Step 1: Monitor what you are eating

You can’t jump into changing diet or lifestyle without an understanding of where you’re at now, and what you are doing. So without any regard to judging what you are doing, keep a daily log for a few days, of any and all handfuls of snacks, bags of chips or cookies, and of course meal items. Even if you don’t know exact calories, just write it down, all of it If your meal was a half pound sloppy burger with jumbo fires write that down. As you acclimate yourself, and particularly if your state publishes calorie counts for restaurant meals, you can over time get a handle on what all those calories add up to.

Once you have an idea of yoru daily intake, then you can use sites like About to add up calories.

How to Lose 5 Pounds per Month

It’s very important in the Daniel Plan to have some measurements, a starting place. As Rick Warren says, you can’t manage what you don’t measure. So several of the beginning measurements would be your weight and your waist size.

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If possible blood pressure and other bloodtests can be taken as well. In fact a portable blood pressure cuff to regularly measure and update your progress is a good item. I use the Omron HEM-629 which works quite well.

THE NEXT IMPORTANT AREA IS CALORIES

You must get a handle on what your are consuming., Write down for a few days, all snacks, meals etc. Then after you can see the items on the list, start determining the calories. Once you can see the amounts your are eating, then….determine a goal to cut down to. The NIH has a great tool to estimating your caloric needs. For myself, I estimated I could have a stable weight at between 1800-1900 calories per day, but was consuming about 2200. With the idea of putting better food into me, and watching the calories as well, I selected a goal of 1300 calories per day, to burn off 5-6 pounds per month. I didn’t find that NIH site till well after my weight loss, but yup, that was the right level.