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!
If you would like to learn more visit: www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/getting_started.html
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