With the New Year coming weight loss goals are being talked about pretty seriously with several people I know. I have decided to focus on healthy living and know that weight loss will be a side effect of my life style changes. There are several things to consider when starting your weight loss journey to make it more successful.
- Start with a checkup at your Dr. This will give you a great way to track your weight, if your doctor has any special concerns about your current medications and how weight loss will play into it, and a blood testing to make sure you don’t have a thyroid problem or vitamin defiance that will hinder your weight loss success. Be sure you ask your doctor how often they want to follow up with you either at a month guideline or even a lb. lost increment. Also be sure to get ask for advice on starting an exercise program as well if you have any physical limitations or concerns about activity.
- Research which weigh weight loss program you will follow and how you will keep yourself on track. Having a plan to stick with is half the battle and make sure that it is one that will allow you to sustain a healthy lifestyle after you have reached your weight loss goal. Weight Watchers and calorie counting are both great ways to learn to control your food intake on a long term lifestyle plan.
- Take measurements and before weight loss photos. Some weeks the scale won’t and having other measurements to compare can make the plateaus less discouraging to go through. Also keep a pair of pants from the start of your journey; at the end it will make an amazing comparison to see yourself in them after losing the weight.
- Plan out rewards for yourself for each 5 lb increment that doesn’t revolve around food. Pedicure, haircuts, new exercise equipment, new shoes, etc. Rewards are very motivating, especially as it is getting tougher to stay on track.
The biggest key to being successful is your mind set and knowing what will drive you. If your why isn’t for yourself or just for a short team event the weight loss isn’t likely to stay off. Be sure to set up your house with the proper foods and resist bringing in anything that isn’t on your plan. Journaling your food to look back at is a great way to identify if anything can trigger over eating or going of track.