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Diet Goals: Where to Start

Posted by on July 23, 2012

diet goalsWhen you have decided to commit to losing weight, you may not know where to start. How much do you need to lose? While a doctor or nutritionist can help you plan an effective weight loss plan unique to your body, there are many people looking to achieve diet goals on their own. WebMD suggests that a good place to start would be lose 10% or your body weight.

Think about what 10% of your body weight is right now. For those who are about 200 pounds, that’s 20 pounds total. For those around 150, it’s 15 pounds. This is about average range most people are looking to lose. Now you have to consider a healthy way to achieve your initial goals. For the best results, it’s recommended that you lose 1-2 pounds a week. For someone looking to lose 20 pounds, that’s about 12 weeks or 3 months. Through a balance of diet, exercise, and discipline, most people can easily achieve these goals. To lose weight faster, it is recommended that you exercise more rather than further restricting your calorie intake.

By mapping out your long terms goals in a calendar and keeping a diet journal, you can keep your goals in your mind and stay current with your progress. Once you’ve reached your initial goal, you’ll have learned the practice and discipline of a new lifestyle and can continue on to the next weight loss goal. For those who have reached a plateau or are looking to lose 50 pounds or more, it might be helpful to join an organization or speak with a doctor about helping you along.

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