A safe and healthy weight loss is losing 1 – 2 pounds a week. Some of us, well, it is even less than that! Especially if you have health issues. Your weight loss should happen slowly and steadily in order for you to keep it off. The key is to have patience and to develop short-term goals as a realistic method to measure your progress.
Setting realistic and attainable short-term goals are an excellent way to keep you motivated. Try not to focus completely on the end result. For example, if you have 70 pounds to lose, break your weight loss goal into 10 pound increments. Focus on 10 pounds at a time. You can make a list of short-term goals to help keep you on track also.
Some examples of realistic short-term goals:
- Following your diet plan for the next week and recording everything in your weight loss journal.
- Resisting temptation of one of your weakness foods over the weekend.
- Losing 6 pounds in one month.
- Try to incorporate 1 – 2 new foods into your plan this week to give you some variety.
Come back to read Part 2 tomorrow for more tips on weight loss!