Weight LossIt takes courage and determination to start losing weight. With the doctors at The Sloane Clinic here to help you, this can be your new beginning. Explore components of successful weight loss, from diet and exercise to weight-loss programs, natural weight-loss supplements and weight-loss medications. Schedule an appointment for a consultation and body fat analysis today.
Apart from medications and supplements, here are some proven strategies to help make your weight loss goals a reality:
1. Make a commitment
Permanent weight loss takes time and effort. It requires focus and a lifelong commitment. Make sure that you're ready to make permanent changes and that you do so for the right reasons. No one else can make you lose weight. In fact, external pressure - often from people closest to you - may make matters worse.
2. Get emotional support
Only you can help yourself lose weight by taking responsibility for your own behavior. But that doesn't mean that you have to do everything alone. Seek support when needed from your partner, family and friends. Or schedule an appointment with the doctors at The Sloane Clinic to start on a weight loss program under a doctor's supervision.
3. Set a realistic goal
When you're considering what to expect from your new eating and exercise plan, be realistic. Make your goals "process goals," such as exercising regularly, rather than "outcome goals", such as losing 50 pounds. Changing your process - your habits - is the key to weight loss. Make sure that your process goals are realistic, specific and measurable, for example, you'll walk for 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
4. Enjoy healthier foods
Adopting a new eating style that promotes weight loss must include lowering your total calorie intake. One way you can lower your calorie intake is by eating more plant-based foods - fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Strive for variety to help you achieve your goals without giving up taste or nutrition. To lose weight, talk to your doctor about setting these daily calorie goals:
|Daily calorie goal|
|Your current weight in pounds||Women||Men|
|250 or less||1,200||1,400|
|251 to 300||1,400||1,600|
|301 or more||1,600||1,800|
5. Get active, stay active
Dieting alone can help you lose weight. But add a 30-minute brisk walk four days a week, and you can double your rate of weight loss. The goal of exercise for weight loss is to burn more calories, although exercise offers many other benefits as well. One of the best ways to lose body fat is through steady aerobic exercise - such as walking - for more than 30 minutes most days of the week.
6. Change your lifestyle
It's not enough to eat healthy foods and exercise for only a few weeks or even several months. You have to include these behaviors into your life. To do that, you have to change the behaviors that helped make you overweight in the first place.
For more information on the above and on other tips for successful weight management, pick up a copy of The Sloane Clinic Guide to Successful Weight Management and schedule an appointment with our doctors to kickstart your weight loss resolution today.