The reason that most weight loss attempts fail is because people do not have realistic expectations of themselves. Either the person sets weight loss goals that are too lofty or they choose a diet or exercise plan that is too extreme or based too much self-deprivation. Being unrealistic or irrational or too idealistic about your weight loss goals is a true recipe for disaster.
Doctors say that it is most healthy to lose two pounds a week. Lose any more than that number of pounds and in a shorter period of time then you will either get sick or gain the weight all back once you have lost it. To avoid this kind of natural weight loss debacle make sure you choose a weight loss regimen that is achievable.
The bottom line is that if you set sensible goals for yourself, chances are you’ll be more likely to meet them. Consequently you will have a better chance of keeping the weight off once and for all.
A sensible weight loss plan also is not self-punishing if you can’t make them. Many people set extreme goals and then give up when they can meet their own unrealistic deadlines. This is exactly the type of black and white thinking that has no place in a reasonable and humane approach to your own weight loss.
Being realistic also means forgetting that you are dieting every now and then. It should be less about weight loss and more about changing your lifestyle so that your weight loss is permanent.
If you make dieting all about success and failure you will hate yourself when you do slip off the diet. This creates an emotional crisis. This is so you can keep it sane if you want to lose that weight!
You also need to factor some other issues into your weight loss plan. There are many dependencies for most people including interactions of food and exercises, food allergies, your natural inclination to be a couch potato, your work schedule, your age, your gender, your general health, whether or not you have kids and your financial status. The poorer you are the worse your diet tends to be and the fatter you tend to get.
Not sure what you should weigh? There are scores of websites online that can tell you this. One of the best ways is to get your physique assessed by a professional trainer or by your family doctor who can take any kind of dependencies or necessities that your body has into account before you start dieting!
Being Realistic About Natural Weight Loss