Americans spend more than $60 billion annually in their effort to shed pounds and find the “perfect” weight loss products that work in a market saturated with books, diets, equipment, supplements, pills, creams, drinks, and programs. The fact is there’s no one perfect way to lose weight. What works for one person may not work for another. That’s why you should develop your own weight loss strategic.

Do Your Research

Educating yourself on what’s available can help you sort through your options. Tons of weight loss information is available on the internet. Sometimes, information can be contradictory, so seek out reliable sources. You don’t need to be an expert, but you should understand the basics of nutrition, exercise, and how the body works.

Consult Your Doctor

Before starting a weight loss program, you should consult your doctorand discuss your current state of health. Do you suffer from diabetes, low or high blood pressure, heart problems, or other medical conditions that would restrict your weight loss plan? Also consider any physical disabilities you have or medication you’re taking.

Ask Yourself Questions

By understanding your reasons for wanting to lose weight, you can tailor a weight loss program to meet your needs.

  • Why do you want to lose weight? To improve your health, to look better, to gain more energy and renewed vitality, to fit into clothes you can no longer wear are all good reasons.
  • How much weight do you want to lose? Whether you want to lose 10 or 50 pounds will determine your weight loss plan. Be realistic and understand that your weight is only one aspect of good health.
  • What are you willing to sacrifice? Losing weight almost always involves a change in diet, and often involves making lifestyle changes. Be prepared to make these changes.

Give Yourself Time

Healthy, realistic weight loss occurs over time. Sure, you can lose 10 pounds in a week, but chances are you’ll gain it back as fast as you lost it. Make your weight loss program long term and sustainable to reap the benefits of good health.