So, now it’s time for you to begin looking at your own goals.
To be fair if you have a lot of weight to lose you may very well lose quite a lot in the beginning depending on the habits you focus on. For example, if you’ve never exercised before and you begin introducing exercise to your body you may lose a lot of weight quickly.
That’s a side benefit and it’s best to think of it like that. The first step is to create a realistic goal for your weight loss. Most experts recommend establishing two primary goals. Establish and overall weight loss goal. Then also establish your weekly weight loss goal.
Your Overall Weight Loss Goal
For that initial weight loss goal aim to lose between 5% and 10% of your body weight. That means if you weigh 200 pounds then 10% of that or 20 pounds is a realistic goal. Don’t worry about when you’re going to achieve this goal. Right now you’re simply deciding on how much you’re going to lose. (Once you’ve lost this weight, if you want to lose more, then you’ll set another overall weight loss goal. )
Your Weekly Weight Loss Goal
We’ve already said that a good weekly weight loss goal is to lose one to two pounds each week. So if you want to lose 20 pounds then plan on it taking about three months or around fifteen weeks.
What about if you lose more than two pounds a week? As mentioned earlier, if you have a lot of weight to lose you might notice a bit more weight loss right in the beginning of your transformation.
Don’t let that weight loss side track you. It’s easy to think “Oh, I lost my weight for the month so I can relax and I’ll pick this weight loss thing back up next month.”
Yikes! That’s a surefire way to gain the weight back. Then you have to start from scratch. Remember we’re talking about creating habits and lifestyle changes. If you quit or relax before something has become a habit you’re going to have to start all over again.
The other thing you may think if you experience rapid weight loss is that you might expect that type of weight loss to continue. It probably won’t. Don’t let that deter you. On the contrary, you have a head start. When your weight loss plateaus to one or two pounds a week you’re on schedule. As long as you’re gradually seeing improvements you’re on the right path.