Are you Psychologically Ready to Lose Weight?

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Committing to a cause on losing weight does not happen overnight. Most people go through different “stages” before embarking on a process of change. The first step, and perhaps most difficult, is to accept that there is a problem and that something must be done to solve it.

workoutMany women, make it a point to include eating healthy or weight loss as a new year’s resolution but all are just words unless act upon on. However, it is very important to assess how prepared you are to complete the entire process.

Many people look for quick fixes like buying new pills that promise to help you lose 10 pounds per week.

In the short term, these methods can yield results, however, many studies have shown that when you lose weight fast without a balanced diet and exercise most of what was lost is recovered as fast as it was lost, or worse, you gain extra weight. When this pattern occurs repeatedly, is known as “yo-yo” and can be quite harmful.

Frequently fluctuating weight can negatively impair your health both physical and emotional. Even more, trying to lose weight and failing repeatedly can destroy your self-confidence in your ability to successfully lose weight and maintain your current weight. Also, several clinical studies shows that the effect of the “Yo-yo” diet may actually slow the metabolism and eventually, your body gets used to the restriction of energy and “learns” to burn fewer calories per day making it increasingly harder to lose weight.

You must first evaluate whether you are ready to “engage” is one of the most important steps to ensure success. The following questions can help you realize if you have the ability to make a serious commitment to weight loss:

  • Do you have people who support you in your diet plan and physical activity?

Most people fail to achieve their goal weight and maintain it because they don’t have the support of their family and friends. The best thing is that this support comes from the people you live or are very close with, however; you can also find it in other places, it is important to have emotional support. For example, you can join a weight management group share with people doing the same process for moral support.

  • Do you have enough time for physical activity?

Your answer to this question is an excellent indicator of your readiness to compromise. First, it reveals whether you have considered what changes to make in your daily routine as part of the weight loss program. Also, you can tell if you recognized the importance of exercise.

Adopting a routine of physical activity is essential for success in maintaining weight loss. It also provide many other benefits, 30 minutes of daily exercise will help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve your mental health as it helps to control anxiety and stress.

  • Have you considered the “history of weight” and set realistic goals?

fitness groupMany people with weight problems fail in their attempts to lose because of unreasonable set of goals. For example, if you lowest weight of adulthood was 60 kg, when youwere 20 but weighed 80 kg in the last 25 years, set a goal of 50 kg may not be realistic.Taking into account the “history” defines a weight you feel good and be able to reach with a diet and exercise plan.

With losing 5-10% of your weight can get health benefits. It can also help a lot to set short-term goals, for example, lose 4-6 kg per month is healthy and reasonable.

  • Do you think that losing weight will help to improve other aspects of your life?

Not only will you feel better about yourself but you can also help improve your health, your self-concept and relationships with others. However, this does not guarantee that losing weight will improve your life in all aspects. It is important to recognize that can improve your quality of life by reducing weight, but this is not the solution to “all” your problems.

  • Do you think that if you leave your program from time to time, will have failed completely?

Weight control is a lifelong process. Nobody can be perfect always, if you expect to follow the plan to the letter without affording to fail then you are more likely to fail. A better way to follow a program is to set targets per day, allowing not be “so perfect” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Are you ready to self-assess your attitude towards weight loss?

It is very difficult to get rid of old habits, so it is essential to “self-examine” before any attempt to change them are started. Identify major obstacles and enumerate the possible solutions and the best way to be ready and overcome them. In this sense, having the ability to look back at past successes and failures is very important as it will help to develop strategies to solve those problems when itoccurs.

Are you ready to make an internal assessment of their strengths and weaknesses?