Your weight loss success largely depends on your willingness to rise to the challenge. If you take the step before you’re ready, your weight loss program could fail at the first hurdle.
Knowing that you need to make changes in your life and making them are two different things.
Use these questions to assess your readiness to lose weight.
Are you motivated to make long-term changes to your lifestyle?
Successful weight loss depends on making permanent lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy, low-calorie foods and including physical activity in your daily routine. This could represent a significant departure from your current lifestyle.
You may need to revise your diet to eat more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, for example. It will be important to eat a variety of healthy foods. You’ll also need to find time for physical activity, ideally at least 30 to 45 minutes or more, most days of the week.
Find your motivation and focus on it:
Your true motivation is the best guarantee of success, but what is it? To make these changes ask yourself first why you want to lose weight, all these changes to:
- have better health,
- a better appearance
- feel better about yourself
- better way
- start a new love story
Have you identified something in your life that may distract you from your weight loss goal?
If you’re dealing with major life events like marital problems, job stress, illness, or financial concerns, you may not want to add the challenge of reviewing your eating habits and time spent being physically active. It may be best to wait until the right time to embark on your weight loss program to limit the risk of failure due to external factors weighing you down.
Do you have a realistic picture of how much weight you will lose and how quickly?
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong process. Start by making sure your weight loss goal is safe and realistic, such as losing 5 percent of your current weight.
Try to start losing 0.5 to 1 kilogram per week until you reach your goal. This means burning 500 to 1,000 more calories than you consume each day, through diet and exercise.
You could lose weight faster if you change your habits significantly. However, be careful. Radical changes that are not sustainable are unlikely to be effective in the long term.
Have you resolved the emotional issues related to your weight?
Emotions and food are often intertwined. Anger, stress, grief, and boredom can trigger emotional eating. If you have a history of eating disorders, losing weight can be even more difficult.
To prepare for challenges, identify emotional issues related to eating.
Do you have support around you?
Any weight loss program can be difficult. You may face moments of temptation or discouragement. Having someone around you to offer encouragement can help. If you don’t have friends or loved ones you can trust for positive help, consider joining a weight loss support group.
If you want to keep your weight loss efforts to yourself and not tell anyone about it, it will be more difficult. But maybe you’re ready to be responsible with yourself: make dates with yourself then. With the summary on:
- – regular weigh-ins
- – monitor your diet
- – track your physical activity
Have you accepted the weight loss challenge?
If you don’t have a positive attitude toward weight loss, you may not be ready. And if you fear what’s to come, you’re more likely to find excuses to stray off course.
Instead, try to take a nice look at your new lifestyle and stay positive. Focus on how good you’ll feel when you’re more active or weigh less. Imagine yourself celebrating every success along the way, whether it’s enjoying new food, completing another workout, or shedding your first few pounds.
If you answered yes to most or all of the questions
You’re probably ready to make lifestyle changes that will help you lose weight permanently. Get ahead with healthy eating and regular physical activity, starting today!
If you think you need help, see a dietitian or join a reputable weight loss program. If you have a significant amount of weight to lose, you may benefit from following up with a therapist or obesity specialist.
If you answer no to more than one of the questions
You may not be ready to embark on a weight loss program right now, and that’s okay. Explore what is holding you back and tackle those obstacles.
Consider seeking help from a professional weight loss tracker to help you deal with any obstacles. Then reassess your readiness for your weight loss program so you can get off to the best possible start.
ready, ready, let’s go
If you can’t answer every question with a simple yes or no, but feel positive and confident about your answers overall, consider starting now.
You may never have definitive answers in life. Don’t let this rob you of the opportunity to achieve your weight loss goals.
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