You must never doubt for one minute that you can lose the weight you want and have the body, energy, and health and fitness you’ve always dreamed of.

Your very first step is to understand why you want to lose weight. Having a strong underlying reason to lose weight can make all the difference in the world. Simply tell yourself that there is a better level of health and fitness that you are capable of, and that there is no longer any reason to not be the best you can be.

Once you have decided that you want to lose weight you should schedule a visit with your doctor. Discuss your weight loss goals with your doctor and them if they have any particular guidelines for you to follow.

Be Proactive

Don’t put off tomorrow what you can effectively start today. Take advantage of your current level of drive and enthusiasm and decide to start losing weight now!

Be Realistic

Remember that the extra pounds that you have put on didn’t get there overnight. This means that they won’t disappear overnight either. Setting realistic, achievable weight loss goals dramatically increase your chances of success.

Be Patient

Keep in mind that a lifestyle change is more like a marathon than a sprint. Remaining patient throughout your weight loss journey will serve you well in the long run.

Be Active

It is completely possible for you to lose the weight you want simply by dieting without exercise. In fact, that is what some prefer to do. For the best results, however, you should become more active and exercise regularly.

Regular exercise had so many benefits. One of the big benefits for those wanting to lose weight is that it can accelerate your weight loss faster than just dieting alone. If you are truly looking to transform your body, exercise can give you that toned and fit look you desire.

Be Disciplined

Well, regardless of you we feel about the word discipline, discipline is not the enemy… it is the answer. Far too many people cringe when they hear the word “discipline” as if it is something only practiced by personal trainers or world-class athletes.

Don’t let the word “discipline” scare you. You have within you the capacity to be much more disciplined about any number of areas of your life than you even realize.

When you follow the rules of your weight loss program you are exercising proper discipline.

Try to think of discipline as liberating rather than restricting. By following the rules of your chosen weight loss program you will be freed from any unhealthy habits you now have and transformed into a healthier, happier you.

Be Persistent

Being persistent goes hand in hand with being disciplined. You may find that you were not quite as disciplined as you wanted to be one day and give in to the temptation of junk food. Don’t worry, it isn’t the end of the world. Most everyone slips up from time to time. The most important thing to remember is that a slip up is not the same as failure. You can’t possibly fail if you get back on track again and continue to try.