HDo you have a lot of weight to lose? Are you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin? You are not the first person to feel like this challenge is unachievable but there is hope! Below are some tips to help you get started with weight loss – and to keep pushing forward.
Set a Plan
One of the best ways to get started with weight loss is to decide when you will start your journey as well as how you will lose weight. Starting out with just a general idea of what you will do and when you will do it is a recipe for defeat.
Set a date that you will begin. Be specific. By saying “I will begin next week,” getting started will be easier for you to procrastinate than if you say you will begin on Monday, March 4th before work. Write it on the calendar.
Choose a weight loss program to follow. Find a group of friends to hold you accountable or pursue a local weight loss program. If you live in Brooklyn, look for a weight loss program in Brooklyn to spur you on.
Decide on a fitness program. Will you begin by walking for 30 minutes every day? Write it down and stick to it!
Write down your beginning weight as well so you have something to compare to. Do plan to weigh yourself at the same time of day once a week to keep track. – but don’t focus so much on the number. It is encouraging to see where you begin but keep in mind that some people do teeter on the scales when starting out with weight loss.
Once you have your goals in mind, create a weekly plan so you can better achieve your goals. Firm plans for weight loss are more likely to succeed than vague plans.
Don’t Look at the Big Numbers
Keep in mind that your weight loss journey is incremental. It takes time. Don’t expect to lose 100 pounds in a month. Set a smaller goal. Aim to lose 5 percent of your total weight loss goal first. Celebrate when you achieve your goal and then move on to the next five percent!
Reaching for smaller goals is motivational. Research shows that meeting goals encourages people and helps them to move forward to the next one with more confidence and determination.
Look for Ways to Cheer Yourself Along
Support networks go a long way when it comes to motivation. If you struggle with motivation for your weight loss program, having even a friend or family member who can remind you of your goals or what you have already achieved can go a long way.