Losing weight takes more than a desire or a new diet plan. It takes commitment and a well-thought-out plan. Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting started:
Step 1: Make a commitment.
Ultimately your path to becoming healthier comes down to one moment: are you willing to put in the effort and make a commitment to yourself to be better? It might not seem significant, but gathering together the resolve you need to make your life healthier is the most important step. Even if you don’t succeed this time, what matters is that you took another honest try. Determine what a realistic, healthy goal looks like for you and set a time frame on it. Don’t be afraid to aim a little lower, what’s more, important is whether you can stick with it.
Step 2: Focus on where you are now.
Now that you’ve set your long term goal, bring yourself back to the present. What are the actions you do now that hinder you from hitting your goal? Are there habits you need to break, or decisions you need to make differently? Is there a time of day where you feel like snacking and should have healthier food on hand? Find out where and how you need to change, especially the little moments.
Step 3: Set realistic goals.
Now that you’ve found all the moments and decisions that need to change, start creating short term goals that solve a few of them at a time. Slowly begin to make changes and alter your lifestyle in a gradual, sustainable way. Change happens best when it’s happening slowly, so take things a little slow in the short term.
Step 4: Identify resources for information and support.
On your journey, consider including more people in your goal setting than just you. There are plenty of weight loss groups (online or in-person) that can help provide you with a powerful support network. If someone else in your family is also working on being healthier, ask them to work with you. Being able to talk to someone in the middle of the same change and exchange ideas with them is a very valuable tool for success.
Step 5: Monitor Your Progress
In short, don’t lose sight of your goals. As you continue to progress, check back at your original goals. Are some of your goals going well? Think about stepping up a little more after you’re doing it consistently. If you’re struggling with some of them, think through how you can change them based on what you know now. Changing your goals with new information isn’t the end of the world so long as you are still committed to becoming healthier in the long run.