When commencing a weight losing program one of the major mistakes that a lot of people tend to make is that they set unrealistic and sometimes unattainable weight loss goals. We are all aware or should be that being overweight is harmful to our health. Carrying too much weight can cause long term health problems, especially as we get older.
So what is a realistic weight loss target? And what short term goals should we set to help us reach our desired weight? You will have more chance of reaching your ideal weight if you make sure that you follow a sensible and healthy weight reduction program, and that you have set yourself achievable targets.
I am going to now give you some tips on how and what targets to set so that you can set a realistic weight loss target. The tips below have been accumulated by speaking to other dieting experts and from my own experience in the dieting field, and most of all my experience in losing weight personally.
1. Be realistic
Most people set long-term weight losing targets that are far more ambitious than they need to be. For example, if you weigh 170 pounds and your long-term plan is to weigh 120lbs, if you have not weighed 120lbs since you were say 18 and you are now in your forties this is not a realistic goal.
You would be much better setting a goal based on your body mass index or BMI. The ideal BMI is 20.1 to 25.0 for men and 18.7 to 23.8 for women. Body fat ratio should not be more than 20% for men and 30% for women. So you will need a healthy weight loss program that will help bring you down to the correct BMI index.
2. Set the right objectives.
What I mean by this is that just losing weight for vanity sake is not the best way to go about it. Wanting to lose weight because of health reasons, or worries, is going to motivate you more to losing weight than for vanity.
3. Set reachable targets
Instead of looking at the long range weight reduction goal, set yourself weekly targets that you want to reach. To begin with you could easily set your weekly weight loss target at 2lbs. As your weight loss starts to slow down then decrease your weekly target. By doing this you are actually helping to keep yourself motivated from week to week.
4. Healthy Diet
You must choose a slimming program that is based on following a healthy and natural eating program. Stay away from programs that include skipping meals and replacing meals with diet drinks. These types of diets will only offer you a very short term weight loss.
Exercise goes hand in hand with any weight reducing plan, but you do not have to make it a chore. One of the best exercises is walking and taking a 30 minute brisk walk every day will really help burn the calories off. By following these simple guide lines you will lose weight and by choosing the right dieting program you will keep the weight off long term.