Its a known fact that excess weight puts one at a higher risk of getting health problems. A way to prevent this is of course to lose weight and then a weight loss plan is needed to carry out this goal.
Your personal goal should not be to far fetched or disappointment will set in and so a sensible goal from the initial start of your program should be used.
Following are some guidelines to assist in your weight loss program and goal setting.
1. First and foremost, Be Realistic
Please do not be too over ambitious with your weight loss plans as most people tend to be initially.
To give you an example of an over ambitious plan, lets say you weigh 200 pounds and your ideal weight would be 150. Consider that your ideal weight has not been achieved since your teenage years and now that you're in your 30's or 40's, that's a bit of a stretch.
A good indicator for you to confirm if losing weight is needed or not is to calculate your Body Mass Index. According to the National Health Institutes, the ideal range is between 19 and 24.9. For those in the range of 25 and 29.9, you're overweight and those above 30, are considered obese. Here's a website that has an online calculator ( http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi )
2. Having the correct mindset
Using the weight loss plan for vanity's sake versus the idea of improving one's health will not help you in your final goal.
Just having a plan to exercise and eating right will eventually lead you to having more energy and feeling better about yourself and with these going in your favor, your better outlook will show externally and the vanity part will be taken care for.
3. Concentrate on doing rather than losing
Which would be easier to achieve, to lose 5 pounds this week or to run 5 miles this week? This makes it easier to do than to lose and will help you in your weight loss plan.
Remember by achieving the Doing part will eventually lead you down the path to Losing.
4. Slowly build your program
As in your goal of losing weight, do not be overly ambitious in your program. If this is the first time you're exercising then select 2 or 3 different routes for your program next week and start with a walking program.
5. Self encouragement
Please remember to not be discouraged. There will be times when your objectives are not met, please do not view it as a let down and look forward to the following session
6. Measuring your results
After doing these exercises for a while you may want to quantify them. Consider the route you like the most and note the time taken to complete and try to beat that time another day.
Another way is take notice of another person doing the same route as you use who is something a little faster that you are and try to keep up with the temporary goal to be faster.
The bottom line is, people should make weight loss plans that will only remain as it is, just a plan. They have to put it into action by incorporating goals that will motivate them to succeed.