Looking to shed some pounds? Be sure you’re approaching it in the safest and most effective way.
Losing weight is no easy task. Chances are you have tried at some point in your life and probably know someone who is trying right now. Certainly, excess weight is not good for your body and the risks associated with being overweight become even bigger risks as we age. But with so many people trying and quitting their weight-loss plans, how can you be sure yours will succeed. Among many other factors, you need to properly prepare yourself for the task ahead. It won’t be easy, but if you know what you’re getting into, you’ll be readier to meet the challenge. Here are some essential questions you should ask yourself before trying to lose weight.
Why do I want to lose weight?
Seems like an obvious question, but it’s one many people gloss over. They decide that they want to be skinnier or their doctor told them to reduce their weight and that’s the extent of the thought process. Ask yourself if you are losing weight because you want to or because you think you should. There’s a lot of influencers that affect our views on body image. You need to approach this from the right place – a place that will motivate you to succeed, not guilt you in to making poor choices.
What is my method for losing weight?
There is no one correct way to lose weight. In fact, you’ll likely have to employ several different methods to ensure effective and healthy weight loss. This will mean a combination of healthy eating, regular exercise and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. Plan out your method beforehand to help achieve the best results.
Is this a healthy plan?
As soon as you have a plan formed, go over it with your doctor. Weight loss can be necessary for the sake of your health, but if done improperly, it can be very damaging for your health. Consulting a doctor about your goals and how you intend to achieve them will ensure the process is as safe as possible.
How will change my diet?
What we eat is certainly a major factor in weight loss. But it isn’t enough to say “I’ll start eating healthy” – you need a plan. Where are your weaknesses with food? How can you make more time for home-cooked meals? What do you need to know about building a balanced diet? Have an attack plan or you could be returning to fast food in no time.
How will I become more active?
Paired with a good diet, physical activity is another key to healthy weight loss. Where people tend to have trouble with this is in two areas; finding the time and finding the motivation. You’ll have to overcome both these hurdles to succeed. We’ve already looked at the different methods of time management, and there are plenty of ways to become more excited about regular exercise. If weight loss is indeed your goal, getting active is a must.
How will this affect my lifestyle?
One of the most common reasons people abandon their weight loss regime is because of how it impacts the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, if you want to lose weight sacrifices will need to be made. Favourite foods might have to go. Early morning jogs might replace sleeping in. However, if you prepare yourself for these changes and keep that motivation going, you’ll be prepared to overcome the disappointments and continue on your healthier path.