Weight loss is a goal that many people set for themselves but healthily losing weight is essential when working towards that goal. Healthy weight loss refers to a slow but steady decline of 1-2 pounds per week. Crazy crash diet and exercise plans may offer results quicker than that, but the results will be short lived. Healthy weight loss means a healthy lifestyle, and we’re here to help show you what that means!

Caring for the Mind First

Weight loss should be made with your health in mind above all else. If you’re losing weight because you hate how you look, you’re more likely to use unsafe and unhealthy methods to lose weight. Step back and care for your mental health first by determining why you want to lose the weight.

Hydration is Key

Water is essential in any weight management journey. Instead, you’re looking to lose or maintain your current weight, you need to be properly hydrated! Talk to your doctor to learn precisely how much water is right for you each day. As a general rule, you should aim for at least eight, 8-ounce glasses per day.

Care for Your Body

Weight management is about your health, and that means caring for your entire body. Be sure to sleep 6-8 hours each night and plan rest days into your exercise routine. If the organization has no time to heal and recover you’ll see a plateau in your weight loss results.

Set Small Goals

Set small, short term goals for yourself. It’s a good idea to set goals that don’t revolve around the numbers on the scale. Doing so will reinforce the idea that this journey is about health, not about weight. Set a goal to exercise for 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Aim to increase water intake or stop eating after 8 PM. Every small goal you set towards creating a healthier lifestyle will inevitably result in weight loss, but that should merely be seen as an added bonus!

If you find yourself struggling to stay motivated on your weight loss journey, ask a friend to join you. It’s exciting to share your results with someone who’s going through the same thing! You can replace unhealthy habits (like those margaritas every Tuesday after work) with healthy practices such as walking or journaling your progress.