The goals of weight management go well beyond of what the scale may say, despite the fact that weight change is one of the main management objectives. Over-weight and obesity health problems are complex conditions, and are results of long-term harmful environmental influences and unhealthy lifestyle habits. Therefore weight management is about assessing long-term realistic weight loss goals, and striving for small, but gradual living changes.
Harsh diets and extreme workout routines are not advisable. While they may lead to sensible results in terms of weight loss, they may also turn to have negative effects, like sudden deprivation of calories and vital nutrients or physical traumas. A good approach would be to divide the whole weight loss routine into small pieces and strive to achieving each of the small goals separately and progressively.
The development of healthy lifestyle with behavior adjustment is important for overall health and fitness. Actual expectations should be determined in terms of a more healthy weight comparing to the normal BMI range. Defining a realistic time frame required to make a sustainable behavior change, is another important psychological and motivational moment. The eventual success of a weight maintenance may be determined mostly by the actual process of the setting of weight loss goals, which may include:
- Preventing or stopping weight gain in people who has been seeing a steady increase in their weight;
- Different rates of improvements in physical and emotional health;
- Varied methods to lose weight from small to more intensive degree achieved through changes in eating and exercise behaviors;
- Overall improvements in diet, fitness and other lifestyle manners.
The steps to maintain healthy weight should not necessarily be harsh or difficult to undertake, further more such changes could be more harmful than helpful. It is known that health can be improved with relatively minor changes in the loss of weight. A weight reduction of 10% may be beneficial to decrease health risks associated with excess body weight. Therefore overweight people should accept a modest, sustainable weight change that can be realistically achievised. Appearance, for many people, may serve as an important motivator, however, healthy weight loss and achieving optimal health should always be promising.
Of course fundamental concepts for managing obesity goes well beyond measuring themselves with the scales, they comprehend nutrition assessment, monitoring and evaluation of fitness levels, and psychological behavior improvements. It is essential to include each of these steps when setting your weight management goals.