What are your weight loss goals? Are they at all realistic?

One the biggest problems people have in losing weight outside of diet and exercise lies in their goals and plans. It’s one thing to say that you’re going to lose weight, but a whole other thing to make a plan for how you are going to do it. To often a person will expect immediate results from their new found determination to lose weight. There are so many problems with this. You won’t have instant results, weight loss takes time. If you try to rush yourself and you don’t see the results you want, you’re only going to be more likely to fail. You might give up when you don’t see what you want to see right away and that would be a real shame. No one loses weight overnight. That is unless they use liposuction(a horrible, horrible idea).

The idea behind a good exercise and weight loss plan is to be realistic. Be as realistic as possible without being negative or too hard on yourself. A person who weighs around 200 lbs should not expect to lose more than 2 pounds in a week. Losing any more would be very unhealthy and end up a problem later down the road. If you’re dieting and exercising be sure to have enough calories in your day. You might think that starving yourself an extra 200 calories less a day while your exercising to be a good thing, but you would be very wrong. Not having enough calories not only puts your body in a starvation mode which preserves fat as much as it can, but also makes you susceptible to passing out from fatigue during exercise. You need the calories if your exercising.

So overall look to lose 1-3 pounds a week depending on your weight. Base your plan and goal on this. Do not try to starve yourself or work yourself to death to see results any sooner. Doing so not only builds a bad habit for maintaining your ideal weight later on, but can be detrimental to your health. Make realistic, healthy goals and stick to them!