Precious Weight Loss Tips

Making a weight reduction strategy is the first step to healthy weight loss.

I realize that seemed unclear, but your diet does NOT have to be approved by NASA.

Your weight reduction plan should contain simple things like what activities (exercise) you’ll do, when, and where. Outline your long-term and short-term goals. You will need to describe your nutrition strategy…notice I did not say “diet”!

A formal or semi-formal weight loss plan?

The secret of success is to sit down and write down your current situation, your desired outcome, and your plan for getting there.

It is simpler to prepare for weight loss or any other goal related activity if you have a clear image of your beginning and ending points. It’s easy to start a weight reduction program or any other exercise with high hopes and lofty goals only to get distracted by everyday tasks and the ebbing of time.

Here are some suggestions for YOUR own weight loss plan:

  1. Set reasonable goals:

Weighing what we did in high school is unreasonable for most of us. Using a celebrity or a relative’s weight as a target may also hinder effective weight loss. It’s possible that none of those people’s weights are applicable to you!

Most people are unaware that a good weight reduction regimen should result in a pound or two of weight loss every week. To those who have been working for years to reduce weight, this may sound a dismal statement. But let me put it in context.

My buddy had gastric bypass surgery because she was anxious to reduce weight. She weighed 340 lbs at surgery. The doctor told her that even with surgery, she would likely shed just 70 pounds in the first year. That’s 1.35 pounds each week, which most individuals can attain with exercise and good eating. She would continue to drop weight for several years until she reached a new level defined by genetics, nutrition, and activity. This is what everyone who avoids the bypass and opts for a healthy weight loss regimen may expect.

Finally, setting unreasonable weight reduction targets ensures failure, whereas losing a pound per week for a year is doable with ambition and work.

  1. Avoid dieting:

It’s funny since your aim is to lose weight, yet it’s easy to see failure when you simply want to lose weight. Weight swings from day to day and sometimes within a day. When compared to just losing weight, a brief setback when weight is gained becomes exaggerated. However, if your objective is to be healthy, then those few days of overeating during Thanksgiving may be more excusable if you know that you have been walking, reducing sugar intake, or taking other action.

This should be factored into your weight loss strategy. How will you improve your life? How many approaches to “weight loss”? Don’t set a weight loss target for this week. Set a goal to walk for x minutes, lift x pounds, or plant for x minutes. So, even if your weight doesn’t change much or even goes backwards, you’ll know that your body is still benefiting from the elements of your weight reduction plan you’re currently following.

NOTE: People who start exercising to lose weight sometimes gain weight in the first several weeks of their new exercise routine. THIS IS 100% NATURAL! If you start exercising to lose weight and gain weight, it is most likely due to your body growing muscle mass quicker than it removes fat.

  1. Go slowly:

Whether it’s worry, pressure, discomfort, or simply burnout, I’m not sure how many individuals quit their weight reduction program. But I’ve seen it, read about it, and know others who’ve had it. Simple remarks often ring true. “It took years for your body to develop this way, and you cannot reverse it overnight,” is a common one. So true. Also, keep in mind that even if you don’t see substantial improvements, your body is adjusting and ready to move to greater levels of fitness and health if you follow your weight loss plan’s instructions.

  1. Track your progress:

Sorry for the delay in responding, but you need to know what’s going on. But you don’t have to focus just on weight loss. You’ve progressed if you can walk farther this week than two or three weeks before. In two weeks, you should be able to walk farther or faster. Isn’t it progress if you could only exercise for five minutes at first and now you can exercise for fifteen? That’s a feat to be proud of.

NOTE: One way to gauge progress in a weight loss program is “size”. As I mentioned before, two weeks into a weight reduction regimen, you may have gained weight. If your clothing are looser, you need to buy smaller garments, or people inquire, “Have you lost weight?” then your program is working even if your scales haven’t.

  1. Stay motivated:

Motivation loss is one of the most prevalent hurdles to weight reduction. When you lace up your walking shoes for the millionth time and have only dropped two pounds, the motivation and excitement that got you started usually fades.

Include your motivations for losing weight, emotional and physical triggers that got you started, in your written weight loss plan to reinvigorate your drive to attain your objectives. Remembering our initial feelings and beliefs might help us re-establish those feelings, or at least remind us of why we are going through this.

When I was an instructor for a large national firm, we told our students to “plan their work and work their plan” to attain their goals.