Are you overweight? While you should never feel ashamed of who you are, it’s important that you take the necessary measures to lose weight.
Obesity negatively affects your health, as being overweight increases the risk of things like heart disease and cancer.
Not sure where to begin? Here are some of our tips you can follow to begin your weight loss journey.
Set clear and concise goals that will set you off in the right direction. Failing to do so can leave you feeling scattered.
Your goals might include identifying:
- Your target weight
- Desired clothing size
- Health milestones
- Calorie intake
- Daily exercise routine
Be realistic. Unattainable expectations will leave you feeling frustrated and can potentially put your health at risk.
Write your goals down, and then break them down into smaller, measurable milestones.
Track Your Progress
Tracking your progress will help keep you on track. You might weigh yourself, measure your body mass index and body fat content, and record your energy input and output.
If something does not seem to be working, you can make appropriate changes. When things do seem to work, reward yourself in a healthy way.
Buy that new outfit you love when you reach a certain clothing size or get those incredible sneakers after you log a certain amount of exercise hours. This will keep you feeling excited and motivated.
Make a Doctor’s Appointment
When you decide to embark on your weight loss journey, see your medical provider. First and foremost, they can check you for any medical conditions that may interfere with your goals.
Discuss your goals with them as well. They can determine whether or not your objectives interfere with your health.
If they do, then they can help you revise. Ask your doctor about medical weight loss to help you lose weight and feel healthy.
Create a Nutrition Plan
The food you eat will play a huge role in helping you slim down, but not all diets offer a healthy road to weight loss.
Many fad diets go to extremes that severely limit calories or nutrients. While people may see quick results, they can hurt their bodies in the process.
Try to lose slow and steady weight with a balanced diet. To start with opt for fruits and veggies over high-calorie snacks.
Choose whole grains and healthy fats and do not starve yourself. Instead, cut your calorie intake enough that your energy output exceeds your input.
Plan a Fitness Routine
To lose weight, you must burn calories. Plan out a fun fitness routine that fits into your life.
Take frequent walks and opt for the stairs instead of an elevator. Get a gym membership or join an exercise class that interests you.
Fitness should feel fun. It does not matter what you do as long as you keep doing it regularly.
This Weight Loss Journey is Yours
Well-meaning people will weigh in about what worked for them. Listen for good advice but choose what feels right for your weight loss journey.
This quest should aim to improve your health above all else, and we want to help! Fill out our contact form to schedule your first appointment.