Anyone looking for a way to lose weight is faced with multiple options. There seems to be a new weight loss program or book available on a monthly basis. It can be overwhelming trying to decide the best program to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
There are multiple reasons for losing weight. Your goal should be to obtain your ideal body weight. This should be pursued over a time period appropriate for the amount of weight you have to lose. This will help improve your self image, self confidence, energy level, and motivation. Maintaining an ideal body weight will also lower your chances of developing long term health complications. Your risk of hypertension, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and premature death are diminished considerably by taking the appropriate steps to weight loss.
You will frequently hear me say that the key to weight loss is to decrease your consumption of calories or increase your activity level adequately to burn at least 500 calories per day. This will result in a weight loss of approximately one pound per week. A combination of changes in your diet and exercise will help you achieve your goals.
It is imperative that you keep a record of your calorie intake as well as the activity or exercise you are doing. This will help keep you on track towards your weight loss goals. These simple steps will enable you to lose weight that you will keep off week after week. There is no one size fits all when it comes to weight loss programs. Studying the different programs and educating yourself will optimize your ability to find a program that fits your personality and lifestyle.
If you take the time to educate yourself and stick with a program you will decrease your risk of quitting out of frustration. Your present weight did not accumulate over night and you should not expect to lose more than a reasonable amount over a short period of time. Any rapid weight loss will usually be secondary to loss of body water or following a very unhealthy program that no one can expect to sustain for more than a short period of time.
Your goal should be to lose a desired amount of weight and maintain your health in the process. One of the benefits of weight loss is to help optimize your health. Your long term goals should be to obtain your ideal body weight over time. The long term benefits will be improving your health, self esteem, confidence, and motivation to pursue other goals in your life.