How to Start a Weight-Loss Plan

Losing weight can be a big challenge, but with the right steps, you can make lasting change. Sometimes, this change can feel overwhelming and discouraging, which is why creating a weight-loss plan is crucial to your success.

Ready to start your journey? Here are a few tips for developing a weight-loss plan that will stick.

Set Realistic Goals

Many people expect to lose much more weight than is likely. A weight loss of 5% to 10% of your body weight may be enough to improve your health. Talk to your doctor about what’s realistic for your overall health and lifestyle.

Ask Family and Friends for Support

Talk to them about why you are trying to lose weight, and ask them for support. They can help by participating in exercise and having meals with you, even if they may be eating something different. If you don’t have family and friends close by, consider joining a weight-loss support group.

Find What Works Best for You

If you do not have time or do not like to cook, a program that offers meal replacement bars or shakes may be better for you. Or if you like to prepare meals, finding a plan that includes daily menus and recipes may be best.

Talk to Your Physician

Ask your doctor about other health professionals who can help you achieve your weight-loss goals. They might recommend you speak with a dietician to assist you in making changes to your diet or an exercise specialist to develop a safe and effective workout program. Sometimes, your physician might recommend you speak to a counselor or psychiatrist that can help you cope with issues such as depression and anxiety.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

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