You will need to assess both yourself and your situation before you make any fitness decisions . What that means is that you need to evaluate your abilities, your goals, and what’s best for you in order to reach those goals.
The first thing you need to do is some in-depth research on yourself. Start this by writing down all relevant information about your daily/weekly activities, your goals, and your interests. You can then use the information that you have gathered to create a realistic nutrition and exercise routine.
Conducting an in depth self-evaluation can be difficult, however being completely honest when asking yourself these questions will be beneficial for your health in the long term. You need to do this evaluation on yourself before you begin any weight loss regimen or diet, so you have the best chance of success.
The National Institute of Health has stated that the second biggest cause of preventable death in the USA is obesity. If you are not honest about your weight and finding a health and fitness program that works for you, you can suffer the effects for your whole lifetime.
So many diets that we have seen to date expect you to follow the same cookie-cutter methodology. It is for this reason that you might follow the diet for a while, but you will usually quickly grow bored of eating the same thing over and over. Having a personalized nutrition and exercise plan is essential for your long term life changes. If you can find what works for you, you will have a much easier time sticking to your plan.
When you are completing your initial self-assessment, you will need to determine how you are currently doing both physically and nutritionally. You need to ensure you grade yourself honestly. Think about how long your weight has been an issue. Think about your previous dieting patterns. Think about if you have regained the weight previously after you have lost it. When you have jotted all these things down, your next step is to determine your realistic weight loss goal and how long it will take you to get there. An achievable goal is one to two pounds per week. Lastly you will determine the most effective way to reach your goal. You may need to consult a dietician.
Another important factor you need to consider is your family medical history. If you consult a dietitian or doctor they will ask you for this information. When you are considering your family medical history you will need to think of any family members who are or have been overweight. Whether there is a family history of cancer, diabetes, or heart attack. It will also be beneficial to learn as much information about yourself as you can including your Body Mass Index (BMI), your blood pressure, your cholesterol level and your stress levels.
When setting out your plan think about the level of physical activity that you are doing right now. By determining this you can gain a starting point for your exercise plan.
This self evaluation is not meant to discourage you. It is meant to educate you about yourself so you can start your new healthy lifestyle with safe and realistic expectations and goals.