Since you put yourself at various health risks when you’re overweight, it’s a great idea to make a weight loss plan that will help you avoid all those health risks.
But what should be your long term goal and what should be your short term goal? You will have the best results only if your weight loss plans are realistic right from the beginning.
So here are several important guidelines on creating an effective weight loss plan:
Most people make plans that are actually more ambitious than they need to be. For instance, if your weight is currently 170 lbs and you want to weigh 120 lbs, even if you haven’t weighed 120 since you were 17 (and now you’re 45), that’s not a realistic weight loss plan at all.
If you are not sure whether you need to lose weight or not, your BMI can help you with this. According to the National Institutes of Health, the ideal BMI range is somewhere between 19 and 24.9. And if you have BMI between 25 and 29.9, you are overweight. Above 30 it is considered obese range.
So, by looking at your BMI you will have a better idea about your weight loss plan and what needs to be done. You will need a good weight loss plan that can correspond to your BMI based on your height (since this is primary factor that affects your BMI).
Set appropriate objectives
Losing weight just for vanity’s sake is actually less effective than trying to lose weight because you want to be healthy.
Having success at weight loss is about having the right mindset. You will have much more success if you decide to lose weight by including exercise and eating right so that you will feel better and be healthier person.
Change your focus to doing, not losing
For example, rather than saying you will lose a pound this week, say how much you will exercise this week. This will really help you with your weight loss plan. Another important thing to remember is that your weight in a span of week or two is not totally in your control. However, your behavior is.
Build bit by bit
You need to go slowly, step by step. Your short term plans shouldn’t be “pie in the sky”. So if you have never exercised at all, your best plan for this week should be based on finding 3 different 1-mile routes that you can walk next week.
Keep up the self-encouragement
Black and white thinking will only make you fail in the long run. You must learn to objectively evaluate your efforts. If you don’t succeed in some goals, don’t despair – just look ahead to next week. Remember – you don’t need to have a perfect record; it is OK not to be perfect; it is OK to make mistakes.
Self encouragement definitely needs to be part of your weight loss plan. Otherwise, you will fail in the long run.
Use measurable measures
You should avoid saying that you will be “more positive this week” or that you will “get serious” this week, because those are not goals that you can measure and really shouldn’t be part of your weight loss plan.
This is another good reason why you should implement exercise into your weight loss plan and stay focused on it. You should be able to count the minutes of your exercise in order to be successful with your plan.
Bottom line is – you should make weight loss plan that will remain just that – a plan. If you want to have success with your weight loss plan, you have to put it into action starting today!