Benefits of Making Goals that are Attainable
The first basic step towards weight loss is to set a reachable goal.
When setting a goal to reduce weight, it is good to know the reason for doing so, benefits you may get at the end of the weight reduction program and the changes you are willing to make in your diet. This kind of analysis of the self helps understand the journey better and helps in setting realistic goals for weight loss. The weight loss efforts should be reasonable and should be gradual.
Once the goal is set to reduce weight by two pounds a week for example, then comes the step of creating a food journal to analyze and monitor what you eat for the particular week.
Use your food journal to help keep track of what you eat, or drink. Also, jot down the feeling towards the food you eat. This is very important as it shines light on the food pattern and habits of the person. The weight loss is also recorded. By reviewing the food pattern, the foods that needed to be avoided can be seen clearly and can be substituted with healthy foods. The secret is to be very consistent with your journal habits and surely you will see positive results.
A word about water…
Water is a very good natural hunger suppressant and can be taken in good quantities. Rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces everyday and an additional 6-8ozs per workout session. If you note that you are drinking less amounts of water. It too can contribute to the weight loss efforts due to dehydration.
Are you physically active?
When the diet is combined with good exercise such as walking or swimming or aerobics, it too aids in burning calories. Make sure the exercises are something that you when you do it. Exercise too needs to be tracked in your journal to see its effects with your own eyes.
(Sneak peak: Health Coach Shalynne, LLC will be producing a resource for this in Summer 2019!)