As Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher explains, losing weight is as simple as a solving a math equation. Start by identifying your 2 weight loss related numbers: weight loss rate and total. If you stick to a healthy, manageable routine, your weight loss rate should have you shedding 1-2 pounds a week. For your total, doctors recommend losing 5-10% of your starting weight. For example, if you start at 200 pounds, you should set a goal of 10-20 pounds.
Once you have the numbers you can create a long-term plan. Setting a finish line can cause the days to drag so it is important to set mini-milestones to pump you up along the way. Feel free to celebrate at each 5 pound mark by indulging in a slice of pizza or a snack of your choosing. Then, back at it!
Weight Loss Matters Tip Sheets. Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2010. (Accessed on June 13, 2010 at http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/fitness/weight-loss/weight-loss-matters-tip.html.)
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