15 Facts for Weight Loss Newbies
Jennifer R. Scott
Article Source: www.about.com
- Your weight affects you in many ways other than your appearance:
- Your overall quality of life;
- health risks;
- and physical abilities are also influenced.
Think of all the positive changes you can experience
by losing weight.
- You will need to see your doctor for a
physical if you haven't had one recently and you really
should get her approval before starting a weight loss
- You should ask yourself these questions as
- Why do you want to lose weight?
- Are you truly committed? Do you have a support
system set up?
- Can you accept mistakes without giving up
- To lose weight effectively, you will have to permanently change four aspects of your life:
1) what you eat
2) how you eat
3) your behavior and
4) your activity level.
- You shouldn't set your sights too high(like losing 30 pounds in a
month. Those signs advertising
weight loss pills are not
Small goals (e.g. 5 pounds; 10
percent of your current weight) are
far more attainable and easier to stay focused on.
- No matter which way you look at
it, 3,500 calories cut is one
Whether you take in 500 fewer or
burn 500 more calories a day, by the
end of the week youíll be one pound
- You wonít stick to a diet
that is comprised of foods you do
not like. Choose your plan
Do a trial period before
investing a lot of money on
something like pre-packaged foods.
- You should ask yourself how
long you can live this way. If
you canít imagine staying on a
particular plan until you reach your
goal weight, try something else.
Going on and off the same plan
again and again leads to yo-yo
- You need to plan alternative strategies to cope with
Many people with weight issues have the habit of eating in response to
emotions and stress. Be ready.
- The dangers of being overweight are real:
- high blood pressure,
- and heart disease
... are life-threatening health risks for the obese. When your motivation wanes, keep these in mind.
- Factors such as genetics, ethnicity, your environment, your job, physical hindrances from exercising, etc., can affect your weight management efforts. Accept that there are some things you canít change.
- Your ultimate goal should be a realistic one. Some of us will never fit into that wedding or prom dress again. Our bodies change with time. Settle for a weight that is healthy for you now, not 15 years ago.
- Diets with too-severe restrictions like too few calories or entire food groups being omitted often lead to binges and uncontrollable cravings. Moderation is the key.
- Your weight will fluctuate from day to day. Resist the urge to weigh yourself on a daily basis, as doing so will discourage you.
Weigh in the same time and day once a week.
- Bottom line: Losing weight isn't easy.
There is no magic pill or quick fix for long-term, healthy weight loss. Itís going to take a lot of discipline and hard work.
But just because something is difficult, itís not impossible. The fact is ... You can do it!