How do you approach weight loss?
Losing weight is a long term goal, and human beings are not programmed to remain excited or motivated about long term objectives. Thus you must acknowledge the fact that you are going lose interest sooner or later, depending on the degree and source of your motivation. That said, we have established one thing: if you want to lose weight, you should approach it as a long term goal, that is, devise a detailed plan and stick to it.
How to make a custom-tailored plan that suits you? Is the million-dollar question here.
There are a few things you must know before you start:
- Our body’s metabolic rate determines how much food we store as fats. Having a higher metabolic rate means that we burn most of the food we eat. Whereas, having a lower metabolic rate means that we store most of the food we eat. Things like age, gender, genetic make-up, and exercise alter our metabolic rates.
- One must know how to calculate his/her BMI (body mass index) to set practical benchmarks for weight loss.
- If you are having any health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and chronic heart disease, then you must discuss your weight loss plan with your doctor first.
Thus, you must take into account every possible co-factor that can increase or decrease the efficacy of your weight loss plan.