5 Tips to a Successful Weight Loss Process
Have you ever tried to lose weight, without success? I think many factors influence the success or failure of a weight loss process. Here are the 5 best ways to a successful weight loss process!
- Realistic objectives
For many of us, losing 5 to 10 % of our bodyweight is enough to improve our health and reduce risks of diabetes and heart disease. In the case of a 170 pounds, overweight individual, this would represent a loss of 8.5 to 17 pounds in order to improve health. Since a healthy weight loss represents a loss of about 1 to 3 pounds a week, it is recommended that you plan your commitment to yourself over several weeks.
- Keep track of your energy expenditure
We can often be mislead about the total quantity of energy spent during a workout (calories burned). In order to know if you exercised enough, there are tools available to estimate your energy expenditure. POLAR heart rate monitors are equipped with a software that estimates the amount of energy you spend based on your weight and heart rate. Accurate software is also available online, or on your mobile phone.
- Keep track of your caloric intake
Just as with exercise, we are often mistaken about the quantity of energy we consume (the amount of calories we ingest). Following a personalized nutritional plan and keeping a food log will enable you to know precisely if you are eating too much or not enough.
- Get support
Often, losing weight seems to be a campaign against our habits and those of our relatives. Support from family is essential for a progressive lifestyle change. Speak with your family about your process and the importance this commitment has for you and your health.
- Get help from professionals
Nutritionists and kinesiologists are professionals in the field of healthy weight loss and maintenance. They can help guide you in your lifestyle changes, and help you build workout plans as well as nutrition plans that suit your needs. This will allow you to reach your objectives in a healthier and easier way.
By Christophe Alarie