Before you start a new weight loss plan, it’s best to quickly check your BMI. This can help you get an objective view on how much weight you need to lose to be healthy, without becoming underweight.
You should also speak with your doctor to get her opinion on a healthy goal. If you need to lose a lot of weight, it’s a good idea to set incremental smaller goals that you can meet more quickly. Even small amounts of weight loss provide great health benefits.
You can check your BMI and see how many calories you need to maintain your current weight using many different calculators found online. You want to have a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 to be considered in the “healthy” range. To lose about a pound each week, you’ll need a daily calorie deficit of about 500 calories.
To start, try tracking your food intake for a few days. By keeping a “food diary” you may be able to easily find out what you’re doing that you can cut out. You might think that you know how much you’re eating, but you really probably don’t pay attention to everything.
One mistake many people make when keeping a mental food diary is that they neglect to remember snacks, like a quick cookie from the jar, and they also don’t count their beverages. One can of soda has around 170 calories. If you’re only looking to take in about 1500 each day, one can of soda is over 10% of your calorie allowance.
“Diet” vs. Weight Loss Plan
It should be your goal to change your lifestyle so you have healthier habits for the rest of your life, which will give you the ability to keep your weight in the healthy range for the long term. Using a fad diet, or other eating plan that you only use when you need to lose weight is not a long-term solution.
Make a Commitment
You don’t want to be in this same situation in a few years, do you? It’s best to make conscious, healthy choices every day for the rest of your life. As we age, the human body needs to be taken better care of in order to function properly. This is particularly important for food choices, since we literally are what we eat. Don’t eat junk food to keep your body from turning into junk.