The worst thing you could possibly do when starting a new diet is set unrealistic goals for yourself. Unless you want to set yourself up for failure right from the start, you need to be more realistic about these things. Nobody can hit crazy weight loss goals in a healthy way, so don’t make yourself give up on your diet before you ever get anywhere. Be careful about what you get yourself into, and focus on doing these three things before you start on any diet to make sure you can stick to it and hit every goal you set for yourself.
Pick a Goal Weight
Figure out what your weight is now, and then set a goal weight from there. To start out with, don’t go crazy. Pick a goal weight that’s about fifty at most down from where you are currently. This makes things much easier to accomplish. People who aspire to lose a hundred off their current weight are just setting themselves up for defeat, and unless they have a personal trainer to work with, very rarely meet that goal. You’re smarter than that. Keep in mind that after you lose that weight, you can always set another goal to meet. Doing it in chunks makes it seem like a much more manageable feat.
Plan a Timeline
After you set a goal weight to hit, plan out the timeline for your weight loss. Spread it out over the course of a year or so, because to be healthy you shouldn’t be dropping more than three to five pounds per week. A lot of diets claim that they can help you drop ten pounds in a week, but that’s not healthy at all. Ideally the weight loss would be spread out over a long period of time, because in that time you’ll learn how to do everything in a healthy way instead of rushing to lose weight fast. People who lose weight too quickly have a nasty habit of not being able to keep it off, and are usually involved in rollercoaster weight gain that they can’t keep control of. You’ll slim down slower, but ultimately will be able to keep it off permanently.
Create a Realistic Diet Plan
Last, don’t go crazy with the diet plan. For starters, don’t take away your favorite foods right off the bat. Quitting cold turkey like that will only lead to you caving later because your body is craving those foods. Instead, wean yourself off them slowly. Let yourself have the real thing at the start, and then make substitutes instead that are healthier. Over time, your body won’t even miss the unhealthy foods you used to love so much. Also don’t try to jump into any crazy diets right off the bat. Things like raw diets and liquid diets take a very experience dieter, and you won’t be able to stick to it on a long-term basis if you don’t get yourself used to it slowly first. Don’t force too much exercise on yourself, either. That’ll just end in you getting injured instead of getting the results you want. Get used to working out, feel out your limits, and go from there. Focus on doing sets of lighter weights instead of lifting as much as you possibly can, too. You’ll build muscle better that way, and will be way less likely to get injured.