Saturday, March 3, 2012
Achieving Your Ideal Weight

You’re browsing magazines, watching the TV, reading the ads, shopping online, and it’s been growing in the back of your head. Where do I start losing weight? Can I really achieve it? Wanting to lose weight is not a negative thought, or anything to be embarrassed about, it’s simply something we want to change in ourselves, so why not? But every body is different. So, let’s take a brief look at what you need to start.

What you will find explained in this guide:

  •  Understanding your own body
  •  Knowing the ideal weight for you
  •  Working out a motivation
  •  Setting a goal with a plan 
  •  Acknowledging the facts

1.      Understanding your own body.

Each person has a different type of frame, and this affects your weight. First let’s use a simple way to find your type. Wrap your middle finger and thumb around your entire wrist:

·        If they overlap each other you have a small frame

·        If they touch each other you have a medium frame

·        If they do not touch at all you have a large frame

Being a certain frame size can explain the general appearance of your body. So what you may think is an excessive amount of fat could just be the fact that you have large bones, or it could be the other way around. Understanding your body will allow you to know what it needs to work on and what exercises won’t work while it may seem effective for others. 

2.      Knowing the Ideal Weight for You.

Before you decide that an extremely low number is what you need to go for, stop and think about your height and consider all the other little things. Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) and know where you currently stand:

The taller you are, the more it contributes to your overall weight, so do not aim too low, and if you’re really looking to go for the extreme, never go excessively lower than 18.5 BMI.

3.      Working out a motivation.

Attempting to lose weight is a strenuous process, and even getting started is often one of the greatest struggles. The best thing to do is to find a reason or motivation to get you moving. A motivation could be anything, and the only way it will work is if you are honest with yourself. It can be as selfish, vain or unreasonable as you like, after all it’s up to you whether to keep it to yourself or not. So when finding a reason to start tackling for change in your image, be honest with yourself, you are the closest person to you.

4.      Setting a goal with a plan.

Start off with a realistic goal for yourself. The closer the target is, the more likely you are motivated to start or keep going, so don’t start with high standards straight off the bat. Eventually you’ll find that in the process of getting those kilos off, it is quite a good feeling and most people often continue. Try this calculator:

Fitting a new schedule to your lifestyle is often difficult but look for a good plan to stick to. What may seem to be a full-packed day often still offers 30-40 minutes of exercise each day you could use. Aim for around this target of 6 days per week.

5.     Acknowledging the facts.

So with all these tips setting you to go, there is one last bit of advice / reminder: Health is more important than beauty. Know when to stop, and know what is a good and healthy diet for your body to take. It is more than possible to eat a decent sized amount of food in a day while still trying to achieve your ideal weight; this task does not have to be extreme. Control yourself but do not punish yourself.

We hope this starting guide has helped you out in some way! Follow our blog to keep updated when we post more in-depth articles on how to specifically achieve weight loss. If you have any specific questions or topics you would like us to tell and answer, just hit the ‘Contact’ button to submit an ask and we’ll get it up ASAP! Do your best!

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