Losing weight is all about setting realistic goals and sticking to them. Regularly commercials pop up on my screen telling me that there is a ‘miracle Hollywood diet that will burn off fat fast’ and I can imagine that these kind of commercials are attractive to people who are overweight. Who doesn’t want to look like the actress in the picture! And if it is possible to get thin at miracle speed then why not? Unfortunately, getting rid of extra pounds does not work that way. The pounds were gained over months or years and cannot be shredded in just a couple of weeks. Sure, you can lose 15 pounds in 15 days and some of our clients actually did that, but to lose more will take time and persistence because over time the body will increasingly resists losing more fat. So if someone needs to lose 40 pounds, those 40 pounds did not come on in a few weeks and cannot come off in a few weeks. Sure, if you watch ‘The Biggest Loser’ or ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ on TV you might think you can do that too, but don’t forget that these people are freed up 24/7 to lose their weight and have constant support and fitness trainers to their disposal. But in a normal environment it will take you weeks and months to get the weight off and, even more important, keep it off. So you will have to set a realistic goal and be determined to reach that goal. To make it easier for yourself you should also set intermediate goals, like lose 10 pounds by Christmas or lose 5 pounds before some event or at the end of the month. And every time you reach one of these intermediate goals you celebrate that with whatever makes you happy. Reward yourself by buying a new piece of clothing in a smaller size for instance. Buy a new color lipstick or a new after shave. Realistic weight loss on average is about one to two pounds per week. If you can keep that up you will lose 50 to 100 pounds in a year and that is a very realistic goal.
And be brave and throw away the clothes that have become too big for you. Keep one piece to remind you were you came from but give the rest away because you will never ever go back to that size. That is a promise you made to yourself and that is a promise you are going to keep. And that all starts by setting realistic goals.