Tips for Starting Your Weight Loss Journey

At Discover Health, Dr. Jeremy McConnell and program director Rachel Smith, DNP, ARNP can provide many different services that can improve your overall health. For instance, they know how to help with weight loss for Bradenton, FL, residents who can’t seem to take off the pounds permanently. Here are a few tips that could help you.

Create Reasonable Goals

Everybody wants to drop those 50 pounds in a few months to fit into their skinny clothes. Unfortunately, that’s not a very realistic goal. Instead, you should set progress-based or SMART goals based on incremental success. Aim to lose between 1-2 pounds a week for sustained success. That’s a much more manageable goal than trying to lose 5-10 instead.

Change Your Life Slowly

Don’t make the mistake of immediately cutting your diet down to nothing and exercising far too hard for your health. Instead, walk an average of 1,000 more steps every week and cut 100-200 calories per week until you’re to a reasonable level for your weight goals. Trying to do too much at once is going to fatigue you and may make your diet hard to handle.

Buy Diverse and Healthy Foods

The best way to improve your weight loss in Bradenton, FL, is to buy healthy and diverse foods that make eating fun. You’ll have to cut out high-calorie, processed foods and sugary drinks while implementing tasty alternatives. For instance, you can create delicious fruit smoothies by blending various fruits together and drinking them rather than a processed drink.

Don’t Be Hard On Yourself

Are you unsatisfied with your progress or for eating unhealthy foods? Don’t beat yourself up about it: instead, practice self-compassion. We’re so often taught to be good to others but rarely give ourselves the same luxury. You deserve compassion: encourage yourself when you struggle and boost yourself up by the bootstraps to improve your journey.

Celebrate Your Successes

Once you hit each of your milestones (no matter how small it might seem), reward yourself with something nice. This prize can be a snack or even something not related to food: in fact, it’s best to make your reward not food-related. Doing so cuts out the idea of “cheat days” and makes it easier for you to focus on your journey. Don’t sweat it if you do have a cheat day, though.

Get Your Weight Back in Line

Trying to lose weight doesn’t have to be a major challenge if you contact us at Discover Health. Dr. McConnell and program director Rachel Smith, DNP, ARNP can help with a myriad of different weight loss techniques in Bradenton, FL, and make it easier for you to get into shape. Call us at (941) 667-2796 to learn more about how we can help you here.

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