Congratulations on making up your mind to lose weight. But before moving on to the actual journey, why not take a step back and see what’s a realistic weight loss goal for you? What is your weight loss goal? Is it a quick fix or a long-term plan? Looking to shed some pounds every week and eventually reach your final weight? Or you just have everything all set for a yearlong strategy?
Whatever it is that you are planning to achieve, will rely on many things but first, you have to set realistic weight goals. And for that, you can go to CDC’s overweight criteria for adults and children. Once you have seen where your weight lies, making the next move will become easier.
Achieve Weight Loss Goals With Milestones
The biggest setback in a weight loss journey is not seeing any drastic changes in a month or two and then falling off the wagon. This is why, it’s better to keep the bar low.
Set your first milestone as realistic as possible. Being overweight, your first milestone should be to lose 5 to 7 percent of your total weight, now it may not seem like much but this is what we call realistic.
Moreover, consider if your weight is currently 200 lbs and 5 % of that weight is 12.5 lb which is a lot of fat to lose.
Losing 10 to 12 pounds of weight will lower down the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiac diseases, high blood pressure. So it’s a win-win.
Modify Your Milestones
Once you have reached your first milestone, set your second one with the aim to lose 10% of your body weight. In this way, you are not only challenging yourself to do more but also saving your body from the potential dangers that are associated with being overweight.
Analyze Your Weight Loss Per Week
The recommended weight loss per week is around 1 to 2 lb. Although many people can lose more than that in their first couple of weeks because of their higher caloric deficit or water weight loss.
But your average weight loss per week is monumental in helping you modify your future plans. If you’re not losing enough weight in a week, you can make changes and see what happens next week. If one thing doesn’t work, you can always try another and track the results at the end of the week.
For those of you who had a bariatric surgery and don’t know which calorie deficit is suitable for them or what kind of meals should they be taking, our nutrition experts can help you with your meal planners. We can provide meal planners in alignment with your weight loss goals. Give us a call and book your appointment with us today!