Realistic Weight Loss Goal


Realistic Weight Loss Goal

Be sure that you set a realistic weight loss goal, one that is attainable.  If you are like most people, just thinking of the word “Diet” is a frightening thought and sticking with a unrealistic diet is even more challenging.  In a recent diet survey  the evidence was clear,  1/3 of all dieters give up as early as 7 days into their new diet.  Dieting is like a yo-yo…it works for short term weight loss, however it does not work for a solid long lasting result. Getting to your desired weigh is the beginnings of a new lifestyle that will help you keep that weight off forever.

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So think smart about your next diet plan, figure out what hasn’t worked in the past and then design a plan that is a combination of the things that worked in your previous weight loss attempts.  Keep in mind , a diet that is based on a strict daily routine that offers NO flexibility is a “Diet” designed for  failure.

First things first, take an up close and personal look at where  you are today and where you would like to be a year from now.

Secondly, talk with your doctor about setting a realistic goal of a healthy body weight based on your height and build.

 Third, decide on a weight loss plan, a strategy that you could truly stick with for one whole year.

Before you can succeed in almost anything in life, you have to be committed to a goal, so the day you start a realistic approach to losing weight, will be the first giant step toward a healthier you.  Next decide on a start date commitment.


Make yourself a Daily Food Journal and chart every morsel you pop into your mouth.  Your journal will be a huge support tool.  It will help you to see keep track of calories, eating cycles and help you see exactly the types of foods that you are consuming . Researchers from Kaiser   Permanente Center for Health Research kept tabs on 1,685 overweight and obese adults (men and women), whose average weight was 212 pounds. The researchers encouraged participants to adhere to a reduced-calorie, Dash eating plan and then asked them to record their daily food intake and exercise minutes.


After 20 weeks, the average weight loss was 13 pounds per person. But researchers discovered something else; the more participants recorded what they ate, the more weight they lost in the end. Participants who did not keep a food diary lost about 9 pounds over the course of the study, while those who recorded their food intake six or more days per week lost 18 pounds—twice as much as those who didn’t track any food!

Last, but not least, once you have reached your desired weight, your real battle begins. The  final stage of your success  will be determined by establishing a lifetimemaintenance plan. This new lifestyle approach should incorporate a balanced healthy diet combined with a regular exercise routine.

Transforming your unhealthy lifestyle is a challenge, which is why recommends focusing on the above before you think of starting another diet. Losing weight will have a profound effect on your life and will be beneficial in maintaining a healthy new you.  Setting realistic weight loss goals is the key to keeping on track and successfully reaching your ideal weight.


Author: Lynn Reagan

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