As many people know, going on and more importantly, staying on a diet can be a difficult undertaking. Critical to your success is setting goals and mapping out how you will go about attaining them. Setting goals is necessary to plan your course, measure your progress and know that you have achieved your desired results. I recommend setting small, realistic goals at first. Once you meet these goals, go ahead and set others until you have reached your overall desired diet goal. I like to think of it as "we're eating the elephant in small bites over the course of time, not all at once."
Most people who suffer from obesity should lose weight gradually and do so under a doctor’s supervision. This is to be sure the diet is accomplished safely If you have a serious obesity problem, your doctor may be able to provide you alternative plans or medication to aid in your diet goals. Many people who lose weight quickly may need to do so for other medical reasons such as an impeding surgery or morbid obesity. If this is the case, a doctor’s care should definitely be sought.
Your entire lifestyle and the way you eat should change in order to affect a positive result. It really is best that people who are overweight change their diet, not just go on a diet. If it was bad habits that got you overweight, you'll need to change these habits permanently, otherwise the weight you lose will come right back. Bottomline, healthy eating habits are the key. Without this lifestyle change, you will not be successful in maintaining your goals. For this reason, products that are on the market like things you would wear or diet pills should be avoided. These items promise quick and easy weight loss. However, there is no magical quick and easy way to lose and maintain weight loss. It takes commitment, dedication and discipline. You need to become familiar with eating a healthy diet and regular exercise.
The most simple diet includes all four main food groups and reduces calorie intake. Essentially smaller portions of all foods are consumed, including more foods that are good for you. Also adding a regular exercise program will help you supplement diet. If you haven't exercised much in the past year, I recommend starting off slow and working your way up to more rigorous exercise.
As discussed above, set realistic goals for your diet. This is true even if your goal is to lose a lot of weight. To start, I wouldn't simply set a large of pounds as your only goal. Instead, make smaller, short term goals that you can attain faster and get a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment from. Choose five to ten pound increments as short term goals. When I used to run long distance (way back when), I would use the small goal setting method as my strategy to get through a 10+ mile race. I would simply say to myself that my goal was to keep running up to "that tree that's 150 yards up the road." Once I reached this goal, I would set another. Weight loss can be achieved the same way. If you tell yourself that you want to lose 5-10 pounds, this is far more attainable than simply stating you want to lose 50 lbs.
Setting unrealistic goals can lead to frustration which can cause your diet to fail. If you can attain your short term goals, however, you will have a sense of accomplishment and be more motivated to continue onto your next five to ten pound goal. Do not be too hard on yourself if you slip occasionally, either. Simply work harder and move on. Everyone needs to have a small treat occasionally just do so in moderation and you will be able to meet your diet and your weight loss goals.