15 Facts for Weight Loss Newbies! Part 1

1. Your weight affects you in many ways other than your appearance:

Your overall quality of life;
  • self-esteem;
  • health risks;
  • depression;
  • and physical abilities are also influenced.
  • Think of all the positive changes you can experience by losing weight.

2. You will need to see your doctor for a physical if you haven't had one recently and you really should get her approval before starting a weight loss regime.

3. You should ask yourself these questions as you begin:
  • Why do you want to lose weight?
  • Are you truly committed? Do you have a support system set up?
  • Can you accept mistakes without giving up altogether?
4. To lose weight effectively, you will have to permanently change four aspects of your life:
  • what you eat
  • how you eat
  • your behavior and
  • your activity level
5. You shouldn't set your sights too high (... like losing 30 pounds in a month. Those signs advertising weight loss pills are not true!).

Small goals (e.g. 5 pounds; 10 percent of your current weight) are far more attainable and easier to stay focused on.