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The Process for Crafting a Weight Loss Goal

The Process for Crafting a Weight Loss Goal
Dr. Constance Odom, MD Picture of Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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With hundreds of dieting options on the market, you may find yourself looking for one that advertises the greatest results with the least amount of effort. Too many commercially-marketed programs grab the attention of frustrated individuals that are looking for a fool-proof way to lose weight without being able to deliver results. For one thing, there are outright scams and poor-quality products that trap would-be dieters. For another thing, these diets don’t encourage people to make the commitment needed to successfully lose weight, and the diets don’t address underlying goals for continued health.

Deciding to Lose Weight

When you look in the mirror, are you happy with what you see? Do have a good range of motion and can get around easily? Are you plagued by excess fat around the body and low energy levels? Do you have diabetes or high cholesterol? Before you can decide on a dieting plan, you need to figure out why you are going on a diet. Your motivations will affect the goals you set and the strategies you will use to reach those goals. There are several common motivations people have when choosing to start a diet.

1. The Doctor Said So

Many people have instructions from their doctor to pursue a weight loss plan. After a wellness visit or an appointment for an ailment, the physician may inform you that your BMI is too high. A weight that is higher than normal can lead to increased health risks like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and certain types of cancers.

2. To Save Money

Being unhealthy costs money, though many try to use this excuse for why they don’t eat healthy. The costs associated with higher insurance premiums or prescription medications are much greater than what it would cost to buy nutritional foods and supplements. Some look at the excess costs of snacking on junk foods and eating out created from their unhealthy cravings and urges and realize that losing weight could help save money.

3. To Look Better

Even though social culture is attempting to promote a more body-positive acceptance position, appearance and beauty still have a lot to do with being trim and healthy. Obesity speeds up the aging process, but many also find the way they look unacceptable and unattractive. Losing weight can help restore a more youthful appearance, and individuals are able to wear new styles of clothes when they feel more beautiful and comfortable. Men and women alike also struggle with intimacy, but losing weight can help rejuvenate the sex life.

4. To Have a Better Quality of Life

Being overweight makes it difficult to pursue passions and hobbies, and it often confines individuals to a more secluded lifestyle. Whether it be the lack of energy to get out and about, or it is the shame and embarrassment that keeps them from interacting with others, excess weight can ruin a happy, productive lifestyle. Losing weight improves your immunity, your mental health, your social interactions, and your energy levels. All of these work together to give you a more fulfilled quality of life.

Deciding Your Goals

These common motivations will affect how you look at a diet and how you will commit to the process. If you only look at lowering your BMI, you may be tempted to buy into one of those “lose weight fast” scams and never understand the need for lifestyle changes. The same thing could happen if you are only wanting to change your appearance. Losing weight may become an obsession where you drop too much weight and live in a state of malnutrition and low nutritional support. If your motivation is to save money, it may steer you into the direction of a lifestyle change diet that doesn’t venture out and purchase helpful resources for losing weight. If you have a lot of weight to lose, diets like this can be frustrating and discouraging, and many fall off the wagon after experiencing slow results. For those who want a better quality of life, this is one of the most long-lasting dieting motivations. Changing your eating habits and your activity levels, as well as utilizing the resources that are available to you will help you with lasting dieting success.

Figure Out What the Doctor Says

Before you come up with your own dieting goal, you should speak to a doctor concerning your weight. Don’t judge your appearance in light of what your friends or celebrities look like. The feeling that you need to lose weight is actually fairly common among most people, but since every body type and build is different, not all weight is created equal. Your doctor can tell you if your weight category is in the normal, overweight, or obese category, and this makes a difference when deciding how much weight should be lost. The most common characteristics of those who need to need to lose weight, according to medical standards, are having a BMI over 25, a waist-hip ratio of higher than 1. For men and .8 for women, and an abdominal girth measurement that is more than 40 inches in men and 35 inches in women. A weight loss goal calculator takes these factors into account.

Figure Out What Is Manageable

For those that are severely overweight, the number of pounds that you need to lose can be daunting. It can be intimidating, leaving you feeling hopeless and frustrated before you even get started. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that dieters who are first starting out should lose at least one to two pounds a week, or about 5-10% of your body weight. Small steps at the start can be a way to keep from getting overwhelmed and show you that progress is possible.  It also helps you set a realistic goal for yourself, increasing your emotional strength by reducing the potential for failure. Mental health can become a serious concern, impacting how well you follow your diet.

Deciding What Resources to Use

There are lots of things that you can use to help you stay on track with your dieting goals. You might want to use the buddy system or a smartphone app to track your intake. However, if you want to help yourself reach your goals, then you should invest in the WAYT-less program offered by Nu Image. Thanks to a unique formula of three effective weight loss medications, you can have enhanced success with your dieting efforts. This orally-delivered medication blocks the absorption of fat and lipids into the body, and it also suppresses your cravings and binges by regulating your glucose levels.

The benefits of this resource align with the different motivations that people use for dieting, as well. It creates more rapidly noticed results, reducing the frustrations felt by those who have a long way to go in losing weight. It also promotes better health, as it regulates blood sugar levels in the body and promotes insulin sensitivity. This reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes or other glucose problems. The WAYT-less program also promotes a healthier lifestyle adjustment, since it works when paired with a rigorous exercise program and low-calorie diet. These changes develop into habits that can sustain your weight loss efforts.

Weight loss goals can be intimidating when crafted without understanding why you are dieting. You achieve success when manageable goals include a strategy that uses WAYT-less.

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This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your physician about the risks and benefits of any treatment. Nu Image Medical may not offer the medications or services mentioned in this article.