Starting a
Weight-loss Program

Deciding to lose weight is an important step, but success takes more than just desire. It takes commitment, planning, and support. These recommendations may help you get started.

Step 1: Make a commitment

Many people find it helpful to commit to a weight-loss program by putting their goals in writing and signing a contract with themselves. The contract may include your goals and the things you commit to do to lose the weight.

Writing down the reasons you want to lose the weight can also help. You may also want to post the reasons where you can see them as a daily reminder of why you want to make this change.

Step 2: Evaluate where you are

Your body mass index (BMI) is the ratio of your weight in relation to your height. It is often used to determine whether a person is obese or overweight. You may want to write down your height and weight and calculate your BMI to establish a starting point for where you are now. You will be able to use your BMI to track your progress over time. You may also want to keep a food diary for a few days so that you become more aware of what you are eating and when. Finally, you may want to think about your current lifestyle and how it affects your weight. Does your work make it difficult to get enough exercise? Do you overeat when you are anxious or alone? Thinking about your lifestyle may help you find things you can change as part of your weight-loss plan.

Step 3: Set SMART goals

Setting SMART goals helps set you up for success. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the challenges of weight loss, and unrealistic goals can leave you feeling defeated or frustrated when you can’t meet them. The key is to remember that small changes every day can lead to big results in the long term. SMART goals are:

  • Specific—Be detailed with your goals. “I will walk 15 minutes every day,” is a more specific goal than “I will exercise more”
  • Measurable—Decide how many pounds you want to lose so that you can track your progress over time
  • Attainable—Set goals that are within reach. Losing 10% of your body weight over 12 months is more realistic than trying to lose 10% of your body weight in 2 weeks
  • Relevant—Decide what is important to you. Losing weight to minimize the risk of weight-related conditions may be high on your list of reasons to lose weight
  • Timed—Give yourself a target date to achieve your goals, such as 6 months or 12 months

Remember to discuss your weight loss and exercise goals with your healthcare provider.

Step 4: Get the support you need

Family and friends can be a major source of support for your weight-loss efforts. Making lifestyle changes may be easier when you have people around you who support you.

In addition, weight-loss support programs like Q and Me can provide information, encouragement, and tools to help you keep on track.

Watch the demo to learn more about the Q and Me Patient Support Program.

Step 5: Monitor your progress

An effective weight-loss plan evolves over time as you learn more about what works and doesn’t work for you. By monitoring your progress and revisiting your goals periodically with your healthcare provider, you can make changes to help you continue on your way to success.

Next: Talking With Your Doctor

Could this medicine be right for you?

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat.

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