Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Loose Weight Tips - Are You Really Ready To Lose Weight?

Do you think you're ready to shed kilos? Hope so, because there's not much point in embarking on a weight-loss plan if your mind isn't where it needs to be to ensure success! In fact, according to a study conducted by Professor Timothy G. Lohman, from the University of Arizona, US, Knowing you readiness level before you start on a weight-loss program can help you pinpoint the barriers you're most likely to come up against.

The Simple truth is there is never going to be the perfect time - when everything in your life is just right - to start a weight-loss program, but by taking the time to get ready and prepare yourself for weight loss, your chances of success are greatly improved.

Get-Set Weight-Loss Plan
1. Step One: Keep it real
Set yourself achievable goals. Start with 10 per cent of your current body weight - for example, if you weigh 80 kilograms, your initial goal would be to lose 8 kilograms. Most people see a 10 per cent weight loss as achievable and are not daunted by the goal. Then, when you have lost the first 10 per cent, you can set a new goal; perhaps aim to lose a further 10-15 per cent of your body weight. To maintain a healthy weight-loss rate, you need to lose between 0.5 and 1 kilogram a week.

2. Step Two: Quit looking for quick fixes
Don't be seduced into giving the latest fad diet a try. There's no such thing as fast weight loss, nor is there a magic formula that dissolve kilograms. Instead, learn some life skills for healthy living and long-term wight management.

3. Step Three: Live and Learn
Learn from you past failures. Think about what worked and what didn't and use that to help you now. Expand on what worked and try to minimise or eliminate what caused you to slip up.

4. Step Four: Remove barriers to exercise
Exercise is your key to weight loss. Yet so many people try to lose weight without committing to get active, often citing "lack of time" as the reason.
Women feel guilty if they take time out when it could have been spent with their children or partner, or attending to other responsibilities. Learn to say "no" to other people - think about now how much more you will have to offer when you're energised.

5. Step Five: Take responsibility
When you realise that weight loss is your responsibility - nobody can do it for you or take that goal away from you - you put yourself in a position of control. You can focus on what you need to do to make change happen and then you're ready for success.

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