One problem with weight loss is that not every strategy will work for everyone, but why? Well, for a start not everyone wants to lose the same amount of weight.
Some will only want to lose a few pounds while others may need to lose several stone. Of course their strategy for weight loss will be different.
Read on to discover how you should determine the best method you can use for achieving your weight loss goals.
#1: Set a reasonable goal weight
Setting a reasonable goal weight is the first step you must take, but you must be realistic with yourself.
If you want to drop a dress size or lose an inch from your waist then you will need to lose between 8 and 10 pounds.
For bigger weight loss goals it is recommended to make smaller mini-goals that you can achieve. Yet will mount up to a big difference with each passing goal.
#2: Decide on when you will achieve your goal
Again be realistic with yourself. It is impossible to lose much more than 1-2 pounds a week, without the weight loss being ‘water weight’ that is soon replaced.
Look at your final weight loss goal and work out how long it would take to lose that amount based on the 2 pound a week recommended weight loss average. That is when you should reach your goal weight, so make a point of marking it in your calendar.
If you are too optimistic with your deadline and fail to meet it, you may become disheartened and quit your efforts.
Remember motivation is a crucial part of any weight loss attempt.
So what strategy should you choose?
Find out what weight loss strategy you should choose based on your end goal below:
#1: You want to lose a little
If you only want to lose a little weight (perhaps 5 pounds or so ready for summer), then it may only be a matter of cutting a few daily calories or increasing the amount of exercise you do slightly.
Simple food switches can cut a few extra calories, while an additional daily walk could help burn a few calories too.
It really is not that difficult to lose a few pounds without really making huge sacrifices. A few small changes here and there can make a huge difference to your weight.
#2: You want to lose a lot
Losing a lot of weight is more of a task than just a few pounds but it is still attainable if you are willing to make a few sacrifices, work hard and are willing to remain dedicated to your end goal.
To lose just over a pound a week you will need to save 500 calories every day from your current consumption. This means that you need to think about how to cut both your consumption, plus also learn how to start burning more calories.
As above start off by making some simple changes to your lifestyle. For instance:
- Swap oil based salad dressing for balsamic vinegar
- Avoid frying your food, boil or bake instead
- Cut back on soft drinks and fruit juices
- Watch how much bread you eat
When looking at your diet there are a few things you must not do; for instance you shouldn’t deprive yourself, as the occasional treat can help avoid uncontrollable cravings that result in moments of overindulgence. You should also ensure that your diet is not the only thing you change.
If your aim is to lose a lot of weight then you need to be exercising. And this does not mean just an occasional walk, although this maybe a good starting point for some.
You should aim to workout 3-4 times a week. Preferably with a mixture of both weight training and cardio to ensure you both burn calories and build muscle.
The purpose of building muscle is that it will help burn calories too, as the more muscle your body possesses the more calories you can burn, even when you are resting.
For those who lead a busy lifestyle then I would recommend HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for your workouts, as this will enable you to get a good workout in a short space of time.
Regardless of what exercise you choose to do you should always give 100%, otherwise you are only cheating yourself.