You’ve been thinking about losing weight for the longest time. There’s a desperate need for you to do it. But you never get around to doing it. That’s because you’re always procrastinating it. You just keep saying to yourself, “I’ll start tomorrow.” Of course, you never do.
But the time has come. You’re finally serious about doing it. Your clothes don’t fit and you’re getting depressed. There’s no doubt that you’re getting heavier and heavier. You just can’t procrastinate it anymore. It’s getting too dangerous for your health. You have to lose weight now. You have to start now.
It matters a lot that you’re committed to start now. But before you get on a your weight loss plan, there are some things you need to do.
State The Reason Why You Want To Lose Weight
You’ve not just reached the decision to lose weight. But you finally want to do it. When it comes to weight loss, there’s a big difference between the two.
Now that you’ve decided, you need to take a moment to really think as to why you want to lose weight. There has to be one solid reason as to why you want to lose weight.
You need to identity the reason why you want to lose weight. It’s not just a matter of wanting to look slim and sexy. You need to state a more concrete reason than that. For example, you can state that you want to lose weight so that you can get fit and healthy for yourself and for your family.
One thing for sure; you’ll find it easier to start losing weight once you’ve stated and written down a more concrete reason than just wanting to look good.
Consult Your Doctor
You have to consult your doctor. You just can’t start dieting without any medical supervision. If you’re really committed to lose weight, you need to do it right. And consulting your doctor is the right way to start dieting.
Your doctor can help you decide as to how much weight you should lose. He or she will have a more scientific approach to your weight loss plan. Furthermore, your doctor can monitor possible health risks that can arise from your dieting. Getting medical supervision is definitely a safer way to start losing weight.
Set Your Goals
Together with your doctor, you can finally set your goals. This is an important thing for you to do once you’ve decided to finally lose weight. You just can’t start dieting without setting your goals. You’ll end up nowhere.
In setting your goals, you need to be realistic. You can’t go for a goal that sets you up for failure. For example, you’re not going to set your goal to lose 30 lbs in just two weeks. You’re just setting yourself up for failure with that kind of goal.
You can focus on more than just one goal at a time. For example; you can have a specific goal that entails you to be more descriptive of what you intend to accomplish. This specific goal entails you to jog on the treadmill every morning for an hour. This is definitely more specific than just aiming to workout more. It’s also a more realistic goal for you to focus on. After all, jogging every morning on the treadmill is doable if you put your mind on it.
In reaching your goals, you need to always keep in mind that there are going to be setbacks and disappointments. It’s not going to be easy. That’s why it’s important to keep a positive mindset before starting your weight loss plan.
Before getting on a weight loss plan, you need to make sure you have the right support. If you’re married, let your husband know about your plans. If you’re single, tell your parents or your roommate about it.
You need all the support that you can get to lose weight. After all, you will have to make dramatic changes in your lifestyle. There will be a lot of adjustments. If none of your friends, family members, or colleagues know of your plans; you’ll find it very hard to adjust to your new lifestyle. You need people that will understand why you can’t have another serving of the freshly baked apple pie your grandma or mom baked. You need friends that will understand why you can’t stay up late to join them for a couple of drinks. With all the changes in your new lifestyle, you’ll need all the support and understanding that you can get when you say, “No thanks.”
Assess Your Lifestyle
Before you get on your weight loss journey, you need to assess your lifestyle. Take a good look at your daily activities. Evaluate your eating habits. Then be honest with yourself.
As you assess your lifestyle, you’ll know exactly where you need to start. You’ll know exactly what you need to delete in your everyday activities. A simple thing like skipping desserts will cross your mind in the process of assessing your lifestyle.
So as you look deeper into your everyday activities, you’ll realize that there are things you need to do more and there are things you need to do without. You’ll be more prepared to lose weight as you assess your daily activities and eating habits. And that’s a good way to finally start a diet.