It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle

Unfortunately, weight loss takes more than just desire. It takes commitment and a good plan. However, shedding those extra pounds does not have to be overwhelming. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a step-by-step guide to get you started.

Step 1 – Make a commitment

If you are reading this you most likely have already decided to make some changes. Now think of what is motivating you and write these reasons down.

Step 2 – Take stock of where you are

Do you know how much you weigh now? If not take a little time to figure it out, you may need to buy a scale or talk to your health care provider. Once you know your weight, use the BMI chart from lesson 2 to find your BMI.

Next, how much are you eating on a daily basis? If you don’t know, use the food tracker from lesson 2 to get a better idea. You can use another food and calorie tracker; just make sure it is convenient for you to assure you follow through.

Step 3 – Set realistic goal

You shouldn’t and probably will not drop 50 pounds in a week, this isn’t a healthy or realistic goal. Start with a 5 to 10 percent decrease –  if you weigh 200 pounds that’s 10 to 20 pounds. If you shoot for 1 to 2 pounds per week it will take you 10 to 20 weeks.

Step 4 – Identify resources for support

You found this website, so you know of at least one. However, if you follow our updates I’m sure you’ll find many more.

Step 5 – Monitor your progress

Once you set your goals (step 3) keep working toward them. Because losing weight isn’t as easy as wishing it away don’t forget to celebrate your success!

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