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The holidays are a festive time.  “This the season to eat, drink and be merry.” But it’s also a time to reflect on personal evaluation, self improvement, and resolutions.

You may be looking to improve your health and gearing up to eat better and lose weight. Way to go!  But how do you get started and choose the best approach.

Besides feeling run down and sluggish, we all know obesity is unhealthy and there are secondary complications in individuals who are overweight. Excessive weight can increase the likelihood of developing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancer.

Many are asking “I want to lose weight but have no idea where to start. What should I do?” Read on…and I hope to answer this question.

This is a very informative article from the WebMD Feature Archive.

Getting Started With a Weight Loss Plan

Before you try to make any changes to your habits, first you need to see where you are right now. Find out what your body mass index (BMI) is. See how it compares to a healthy weight. Start keeping a record of what you eat each day and how much exercise you get.

Once you start writing it down, you may learn things you never knew about your habits. You could be drinking five pops a day and have no idea. Taking stock of where you are now gives you a sense of what needs to change.

When it comes to weight loss, it’s calories that count. Weight loss comes down to burning more calories that you take in.

Weight-loss basics

Your weight is a balancing act, and calories are part of that equation. Fad diets may promise you that counting carbs or eating a mountain of grapefruit will make the pounds drop off.

You can do that by reducing extra calories from food and beverages and increasing calories burned through physical activity. Once you understand that equation, you’re ready to set your weight-loss goals and make a plan for reaching them. Remember, you don’t have to do it alone.

Read this article….Weight Loss: The No-Diet Approach, by Melissa Conrad Stöppler. Melissa is an MD, who is a U.S. board-certified anatomic pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of experimental and molecular pathology.

Introduction to weight loss

Remembering the following simple guidelines and putting them into practice can lead to weight loss without the aid of any special diet plans, books, or medications. Our body weight is determined by the amount of energy that we take in as food and the amount of energy we expend in the activities of our day.

Energy is measured in calories. If your weight remains constant, you are probably taking in the same amount of calories that you burn each day. If you’re slowly gaining weight over time, it is likely that your caloric intake is greater than the number of calories you burn through your daily activities.

With the New Year right around the corner it is time to stop feeling overwhelmed by the thought of losing weight and embrace the  fact that you will be healthier,  so… enjoy the process.

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