Setting Sensible Weight Loss Goals

Many people recognize that they have a need to lose some extra weight but can become overwhelmed when they over analyze the lifestyle changes that they need to make in order to do so. When someone is in need of losing 20, 40, 60 pounds or more, the task can seem daunting and even fearsome, forcing some people to lose hope and become depressed.

The old saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step applies to weight loss just as it does almost any other goal. When making the decision to lose weight and adhere to a healthier lifestyle, setting reasonable and sensible weight loss goals is an integral part of ensuring your success.

The most important thing to remember before beginning your weight loss regimen is that you are not dieting, per se, but rather taking on a healthier lifestyle that includes a more sensible diet that you enjoy coupled with a regular exercise regimen that is realistic and effective. The term “diet” often subliminally conjures something short term. However, short term measures will not bring long-term results.

Here are some more tips to help you set sensible weight loss goals in your journey to better health:

  • Consult with your physician before drastically cutting calories out of your daily caloric intake and beginning a vigorous exercise program. If you have become sedentary over several years, you may have to work up slowly and acclimate yourself to your new lifestyle changes.
  • Make some time every day for some form of physical activity. Light sports, brisk walks, parking farther away from the store, and taking the stairs can all help you burn extra calories throughout your day.
  • Your caloric intake should be moderate enough so that you are able to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week, but little more. Dropping weight rapidly can be a detriment to your health and put a strain on your system and your heart. Slow and steady wins the race, here.
  • Monitor more than just your weight. Weight can be anything from fat to muscle to water. If you go simply by what the scale says, then you are missing much of the big picture. Get your body fat percentage calculated periodically so that you can see the “real” picture of what is going on. Many people falsely become discouraged because they are working out and eating healthily but don’t seem to lose as much weight as they should. Little do they know at the time, they are actually gaining muscle. Since muscle weighs much more than fat, the scales cannot give an accurate description of just how much more fit they are.

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