If you’re like me, you are probably carrying around a few extra pounds (and I use that term loosely), and you’d like to find a way to lose weight quickly. You know it’s important for your overall health and you probably already know all the reasons why you should be taking the weight off.
Reasons like reducing your chances of getting heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Not to mention the stress you feel knowing you could look and feel better, if only you’d get started losing that weight.
For myself, I know there are many reasons why I should get off my duff and start losing weight quickly, but it can be a real pain in the rump to just get started and then to keep going.
There always seems to be a million things that need to get done after work like make dinner, wash clothes, homework, clean up, bath time, and get the kids in bed, etc. Before you know it, it’s 10 o’clock, you’re tired and ready to go to bed.
When the pain of being overweight finally forces you to make the time to do something about it, you push yourself to stay on that diet, exercise, and you start making progress. About this time, something comes along and distracts you, and before you know it…
You’re heavier than when you started.
Sometimes it just seems like a losing battle.
I know it’s maddening. I’m right there with you.
So to help get this new blog of mine off on the right foot, I want to share with you what I consider to be the 5 most important steps to lose weight quickly.
5 Steps To Lose Weight Quickly
- Know What You Want
- Know Where You Are
- Track Your Results
- Make Changes As Necessary
- Hold Yourself Accountable
Now that you know the steps, the weight will just magically disappear and in a few days you’ll be down to your target weight, right? I wish.
While a simple list won’t actually help you lose weight quickly, paying attention to the details in the list might. Let’s go over them.
Know What You Want
You might think this one is dead simple, but it’s not. Like most people, you probably have a good idea of how many pounds you would like to lose, but have you taken the time to actually think about what you need to do to get where you want to be?
The easiest way to determine exactly what you want to do is to write it down. Spend some time thinking about what you really want.
Could it be:
- Lose 10, 20, 30 pounds or more?
- Drop 2 or 3 inches in waist size?
- Get back to pre-pregnancy weight?
Think about what you want and Write it down. Don’t skip this step. It’s #1 on the list for a reason.
Know Where You Are
This is the step most people skip…and shouldn’t. You have to know exactly where you are to know how to get where you want to be.
Let me give you an example.
I’m 55 years old but don’t feel like it. I really don’t feel any different than when I was 35, with the exception of extra weight.
If I went out there and started exercising like I was 35 instead of 55, I would get tired faster. Not to mention discouraged with my progress (or lack thereof). And it’s possible I could unintentionally injure myself.
So to understand where I’m starting from, I have to KNOW my own limitations.
I have to face the fact that I’m 55 year old male, with minor arthritis, a bad back, and knees that are not in the best condition.
This forces me to understand and acknowledge that I need to take special care with exercising so I do not stress certain injuries I’ve had for many years, and to accept the fact that it’s going to take me longer to achieve the results I desire.
You need to get rid of the illusions you have of yourself in your mind and deal with the realities of the situation. This is the only way I know of to not lose belief in yourself and your ability to lose weight quickly.
So avoid discouragement and know exactly where you’re starting from and where you’re going.
Track Your Results
This is one of the easiest things to do, but most people never consider doing it.
You know where you’re starting from, and you know where you want to go. Why wouldn’t you track your results along the way? Not only does it help you to stay motivated, but it really reinforces your belief that you can lose weight quickly.
Track your results, you’ll be glad you did.
Make Changes As Necessary
Let’s face it. We’re all human. And that means we all have one thing in common.
We all make mistakes.
Whether it’s cheating on your diet, injuring yourself because you over exerted yourself during exercising, or one of a million other things, it’s only natural to stumble and fall from time to time.
Just get back up and try again.
And remember this most important thing…
If it’s not working for you, CHANGE IT.
If the diet you’re on is leaving you starving at the end of the day, don’t be a afraid to consume a few more calories. You don’t have to starve yourself to lose weight quickly.
If the exercises you do are leaving your joints sore and making it difficult to get through the day, then choose a different exercise, or try something else completely different. Maybe something as simple as an under desk bike would be better for you than doing squats.
Don’t be afraid to change something if you feel you need to.
Hold Yourself Accountable
I could go into great detail on this one, telling you to get a partner to help hold you accountable, etc.
But there’s really only one thing you really need to do stay on track and lose weight quickly.
And that is …
Be honest with yourself.
It’s easy to say, but man is it hard to do. So just do it anyway.
I hope these 5 steps help you in some way in your own fight to lose weight quickly.