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Weight-Loss Guidelines—For When You Need Help Losing Weight

Posted Jan 27 2012 8:41am

Would it help you to have a set of guidelines for losing some weight?

If so, try these on for size.

  • Specify realistic weight-loss goals — not just number of pounds to lose, but also the changes you will have to make in the way you eat, think, plan, react, keep motivated, etc
  • List the possible positive outcomes and use these as motivation
  • Identify what will get in your way of achieving your goals, and think of ways to overcome them
  • Plan out the actions you will take to avoid the old triggers
  • Practice your new behaviors (attitude, thinking, feeling, ways of coping) each day
  • Monitor your practices and keep a diary of how you did
  • After a week, review how you did and revise your plans and practices accordingly, making sure you note and work on anything that is still getting in the way
  • Review all of this openly and honestly with a trusted confidant
  • Keep this up, week after week until you’ve reached your goals


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