Long term goals to lose weight can often become overwhelming, but the right approach to medical weight loss can mean all the difference in long term success in keeping the pounds away. Before taking on that task of losing weight it is important to first set the right weight loss goals. A few simple steps and a little accountability is all it takes.
Be specific in your challenges to yourself. Instead of just saying “I want to be more active”, set a time of day, several times a week, to get exercise into your schedule. Whether it’s swimming down at the local Columbus ‘Y’, or getting to your gym to spend thirty minutes on the treadmill, set your specific goal. Keep track of your exercise in a fitness journal. Each day you do the exercise you set for yourself, check it off the list. Pretty soon you will see what you have accomplished.
Accomplishments when you are trying to lose weight are tremendous motivation. They should be acknowledged and rewarded. Rewarding success, even if we are rewarding ourselves reinforces the attitude we need to succeed. Treat yourself to a movie, or go buy the CD that you have been wanting. The only reward you should stay away from is food. The goal is to reinforce good behavior.
Now that you have a way to keep track of your exercise schedule, we all know it is just as important to be aware of the food we are eating. Set aside a section in your fitness journal to keep track of the foods you eat on a daily basis. This helps in acknowledging the number of calories we take in and the types of food we are eating.
Lastly, give your body a chance to understand that you have eaten enough at a meal. It takes your stomach 15 to 20 minutes to trigger the brain that it has filled up. Eat slower, and allow that signal to be received before you eat a little too much. Avoid the triggers that make it easy for you to eat badly as well. Instead of snacking on those chips, keep some fruits and nuts available all the time. A little planning can help you be a success at losing weight.