Setting out on a weight-loss journey can feel overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be. The key is to take a step back to make sure you’re ready before you start taking steps forward. These tips may help.
If you feel distracted or stressed about committing to a weight-loss plan, ask your health care provider for tips on how to prepare yourself.
Write down the reasons why you want to lose weight and post it in a place where you’ll see it often.
Start small and work your way up. Keep in mind that it takes time to achieve goals, and small steps add up.
Don’t be shy about trying new foods or giving others another shot. Aim to add some more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that you enjoy to your meal plan.
Any additional movements help to burn calories. Taking the stairs rather than the elevator and parking at the far end of your parking lot are easy ways to start. Brisk walking for at least 30 minutes 4 or more days of the week is an excellent goal to work toward.
View eating healthier foods, being more active, and taking weight-loss medicine (if recommended by your health care provider) as a new way of life for the new and improved you.
Did you know that it can take 15 minutes or more for your brain to receive the message that you’ve eaten? That means that, if you eat less food, but consume it slower, you may still feel satisfied.
Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables can also help you feel fuller.
Another helpful tip is to eat off of smaller plates so that moderate portions don’t seem too small.