The first thing that you have to acknowledge and really accept in your heart is that losing weight doesn’t happen overnight or within a matter of weeks. Successful weight loss is an ongoing process. If your timescale is fixed at 3 or 4 weeks you are going to set yourself up for failure. The main reason is because it took you longer than 3 or 4 weeks to put on the weight so it is only logical to expect it to take the same amount of time to drop those pounds properly.
The best way to set achievable goals that will lead to successful weight loss is to follow these simple rules:
1. Be Realistic About The Effort That You Will Make
When you read about all the diets that the celebrities follow and all the dieting books and magazines that are published, a common theme is that you have to radically change your lifestyle in order to achieve the beautiful body with the trim waistline. After reading these articles, you may feel really motivated to make some drastic changes and you may even go as far as joining a gym and buying cupboards full of fruits and vegetables and other healthy food. But this drastic type of change may be a complete contrast to your everyday life and this is where problems creep.
You can not expect to change everything about the way you go about life in just a day or two. If you have a family to look after they will still expect the same foods that they are used to. The end result is that it doesn’t take long for your motivation to wane and all that healthy food ends up going to waste.
If you know that you don’t like the idea of going to the gym, find out about the sort of activities that would be fun for you but will also burn off calories. Great ideas include getting your children involved by going swimming or for bike rides. If you haven’t really exercised before, then just going for a brisk walk could be enough to raise the heart rate to a level that will allow you to start burning off calories.
There are so many ways to exercise which do not involve the need to go to a gym. Make the effort to find something that you enjoy and you are more likely to stick with it.
2. Be Realistic About The Weight Loss Timeframe You Set
The one thing that you have to accept is that in order to lose weight and to keep it off for good, you need to lose it at a steady and constant rate. Forget about all those books that promise a weight loss of 10 pounds in ten days. Yes it is possible but it doesn’t fit into the schedule of the average everyday person who has other things to do and think about other than diet and exercise.
Allow yourself the time to drop those pounds properly and in a way that will be permanent. This will involve slowly changing and adjusting the way that you eat and slowly increasing the amount of exercise that you do. By incorporating things that you know you will stick with in the long term, you are setting yourself up for greater success.
Once you allow yourself to be realistic about the amount of effort you are willing to put into your weight loss and the time it will take, you will then start to see positive and realistic results.