One of the most common goals that I hear from clients is that they want to lose weight. The methods and journey to get there can vary significant and there definitely is not a one size fits all plan for weight loss. But regardless of their plan or program, I tell them all the same things about the process.
- Baby steps. It’s probably going to take some time to take off the lbs. The general guidance for a safe rate of weight loss is 1-2 lbs per week. If you lose more, your body could interpret the various hormonal signals as starvation mode, meaning further weight loss will be challenging. Just remember that story from when you were a kid about the tortoise and the hare….slow and steady always wins!
- Find a support system. If you have a friend or colleague who you trust, tell them about your weight loss goals/efforts. Having people around who are your cheerleaders and support systems is important. Plus you might be able to adjust your social plans to be a little more healthy with things like walks in the park, healthier options for dining out, or trying a new exercise class together.
- It’s not going to be easy. There’s a reason that people trying to lose weight don’t talk about how fun it is. Like any challenge in life, it is hard work. Buy the payoff and rewards are endless!
- Know yourself enough to eliminate the temptations or negative influences. If you have foods or beverages that make your willpower fly out the window, keep them out of your house, and better yet try to avoid them altogether. For example, if you find yourself polishing off half a bag of tortilla chips in a sitting, keep them out of your grocery cart and out of your house. If you have a friend who constantly pushes cake or french fries, consider an alternate social activity to your usual happy hour that includes lots of wine and fried apps.
- Get rid of your “fat” clothes. When you lose enough weight that you have to go down a clothing size or two, that’s significant! And there is no reason to hang on to clothes that no longer fit. Having larger clothes in your closet will only act as a temptation and make it easier to put the weight back on.
If you are tackling weight loss, best of luck and let me know how I can support you!