If you are like many other dieters, each year you set a New Year's weight loss goal, only to fail miserably in a very short period of time. So let's take some time and see how reasonable your weight resolutions are and how we can help you to achieve success in the easiest possible manner possible.
Many dieters, who set New Year's weight loss goals, often set goals that are not reasonable. These dieters are not looking at the larger picture of the benefits to their health of losing weight or focusing on a long term change in their lifestyle. The unfortunate part is that when people fail to meet their goals, they consider the plan a failure and go back to eating the way they did before and often adding more weight than before.
The best New Year's weight loss goals are not just changing your eating habits, but more importantly your goal should be to change your lifestyle as well. Not all goals are appropriate for everyone. My goals and your goals are not necessarily going to be the same, because it is relative to where we both got started. A 22 year old fairly healthy man trying to lose a couple of pounds will be very different from that of a 65 year old man who is morbidly obese and living a sedentary lifestyle.
Practical New Year's Weight Loss Goals:
If you really want to set a healthy weight goal, try losing 5 to 10 percent of your body weight spread out over a six month period. After reaching that goal, you can then decide whether or not to set a new goal of losing an additional 5 to 10 percent of your body weight. Your body may try and fight the loss of weight and you may not always see the results on the scale that you want, but remember that if you are exercising more and eating healthier, then you are absolutely healthier than you were before you started.
New Year's Weight Loss Goals for Keeping the Weight Off Permanently:
People who tend to lose weight quickly, usually will gain the weight right back again just as quick. Your goal should be to keep the weight off permanently. It is not that difficult to lose 20 pounds in 20 days, but it is difficult to have long term success.
New Year's Weight Loss Goals for Long Term Success:
Set goals to achieve long-term lifestyle changes, rather than losing weight for the short-term.
Be realistic about the effort your weight loss goal will require.
Choose a dieting plan that doesn't permanently eliminating all the foods you enjoy; otherwise you are setting yourself up for failure.
Set a schedule and start exercising at least 5 days a week and stick to it.
Lastly, any time is a good time to start a weight loss program, not just the beginning of a new year.