One of the best ways to lose weight and keep it off for good, is to figure out what a realistic weight loss per week is for you and then work hard to meet your weekly goals. Most people fail at meeting their weight loss goals because they have unrealistic expectations. Everyone is looking for a quick fix. However, trying to lose lots of weight fast will set you up for failure and could also pose potential health risks.
Many health professionals and weight loss experts suggest that a realistic weight loss per week for most people is one to two pounds. If you are seriously overweight that might not sound like much, but remember steady and slow wins the race. If you focus on a realistic goal like losing one to two pounds a week you are much more likely to succeed and will also develop good eating and exercise habits.
In addition to setting a realistic weight loss per week goal, you should also think in terms of your overall body weight percentage loss. Many health professionals say losing 10% of your starting body weight is a realistic weight loss goal. So, for example, if you weighed 250 pounds setting a goal to lose 25 pounds would probably be realistic.
If you establish a realistic weight loss per week goal like losing one to two pounds, it will be much easier to focus on what you need to do to achieve this. In order to lose one to two pounds per week you will need to burn 500-1000 more calories than you consume. This makes it easy to come up with a diet and exercise plan. Just focus on burning those extra calories each week.
The key to losing weight is to set realistic goals and develop good eating and exercise habits to support that goal. Set a realistic weight loss per week goal and work hard to achieve it. Be sure to reward yourself for meeting your weekly weight loss goals. Don't think that just because you lost only one or two pounds that there is no reason to celebrate. Stay realistic and stay motivated.
Your realistic weight loss per week goal can serve as the foundation for a longer term weight loss goal. So if you want to lose 25 pounds you know it will take you 12-25 weeks to achieve it. This is much more realistic and achievable than trying to lose 25 pounds two weeks before your summer vacation. If you lose weight slowly and steadily over time you are much more likely to keep that extra weight off for good. If you develop good eating and exercise habits and stay focused to achieve both short and long term goals, there is no reason why you can not succeed in losing and keeping off that extra weight for good.