3. Set your weight-loss target
It’s important to have a healthy, realistic weight-loss target in mind before starting the program. A good place to start is a BMI table, not the glossy pages of a magazine. Being too thin or too heavy is not good. Your health is at risk if your BMI is below 18.5 or above 25. Remember, the BMI table is only a guide.
The other measurement you should concern yourself with is your waist circumference, which is an even better predictor of the state of your health than your weight. Abdominal fat is more than just a weight problem. Recent research has shown that abdominal fat acts almost like a separate organ in the body, except this “organ” is a destructive one that releases harmful proteins and free fatty acids, increasing your risk of life-threatening conditions, especially diabetes and heart disease. If you are female and have a waist measurement of 35 inches or more, you are at risk of endangering your health.
Now that you know your BMI and waist measurement, you can set your weight-loss target and know roughly how long it will take you to reach that goal. The closer you get to your target weight, the slower your weight loss will be. Be prepared for measured results—it took you a while to put on those extra pounds and it will take some time to lose them. Be patient.