The ultimate goal of weight loss is to eat fewer calories than your body burns each day. Ideally, this is done through a combination of increased physical activity as well as a change in eating habits.
A sound weight loss program is comprised of:
- Reasonable & obtainable weight loss goals.
- Regular physical activity.
- Healthy eating habits.
- A change in daily behaviors to both succeed and maintain goals.
A few important things to keep in mind:
- Talk to your doctor before getting started.
- Calories, nutrition, and portions are all important.
- Fat loss is more important than weight loss.
- Even minor weight loss achievements can provide major health benefits.
- Make lifestyle changes, not temporary changes (diets, etc.).
- Check your body fat percentage, which tells you how much of your body mass is lean mass versus fat mass. This helps for both goal setting as well as ensuring you are losing fat, not muscle, as you progress in your routine.
- Ask your doctor about what reasonable goals are for you personally. Ask them what restrictions you might need in regards to physical activities and diet based on your health history.
- Start writing down a nutrition log (what and when you eat) for a few days to get an idea of your dietary needs. Search around the web to get an idea of how to properly balance your protein, carb, and fat intake. If you can find one that gives you specifics as far as vitamins and minerals as well, even better.
- Assess your lifestyle and bad habits you may have. Examples include too much television, snacking late at night, too much junk food in the household, etc. Then, gradually work on changing those bad habits by replacing them with healthier choices.
Deciding on a weight loss plan:
- A solid weight loss plan should include lifestyle changes, not temporary changes. Temporary changes equals temporary weight loss. If you come off a diet and go back to eating how you used to, you will also go back to weighing what you used to.
- If you have a friend who lost weight and gained it back, chances are that if that program failed for them, it will also fail for you.
- Avoid the latest weight loss gimmicks. Search for tried and true programs that actually work. If you are unsure of where to go, you can find professionals in the field by googling weight loss clinics in your area. You can also find help at a local fitness facility. Just as you wouldn’t try to learn how to fly a plane on your own, you shouldn’t go blind into a weight loss program either. Stick to professional advice, not the latest trend. Celebrities may endorse a program, but in virtually all cases, it’s not because that product is what worked for them – it’s because the company is paying them to say it did.
- If a weight loss program isn’t working for you, feel free to change it. Everyone’s body is different and as such, not every program works for everyone. If you aren’t seeing reasonable results, try changing things up to something else. WE BELIEVE IN BIO-INDIVIDUALIZED NUTRITION COUNSELING. So look for professionals who will help you learn about your personal metabolism and what will keep you thin forever!