If you’re obese or overweight, losing weight is something you should take very seriously. It should be a part of a general plan to get your body healthy and into shape. If you are committed to your decision to do it, losing weight can usually be done fast—at least you should begin to see measurable results in a matter of weeks.

But I must add that losing weight is something you must do in a healthy way: it is important you do not go about it in ways that can harm your body. It is when you lose weight in a reasonable way and make definite changes in your lifestyle that you reap the greatest benefits as well as improve the chances of keeping the weight off permanently.

Getting too strict with yourself on any diet or exercise program is a sure way of relapsing back into your former unhealthy diet and lifestyle. To begin with, you need to set weight loss goals and commit yourself to reaching them.

One way you can do this is by telling other people how much weight you want to lose within a given time frame. Just telling yourself that you want to lose 40 pounds, for example, may not be enough.

But when you tell family members, friends or co-workers about your decision to drop a certain amount of weight over a given period of time, their knowledge of your plan often seem to spur you on, as if you’ll look like a failure in their eyes if you either stop or reasonably miss the target. So letting your peers know about it is one good form of commitment, especially if you permit them to tell you their sincere observations.

I believe this is one of the things responsible for the remarkable weight people lose in most televised weight loss TV programs, such as The Biggest Loser. These people are put on the world stage, and they wouldn’t want to appear like failures before the millions of worldwide audience.

Although I have my reservations concerning the weight loss approaches that are used in some of these televised weight loss shows (I’m of the opinion that the participants are over-stretched to breaking points, unhealthy levels), still I acknowledge that they work, mainly due to the millions of gazing eyes which constitute a form of pressure and commitment on the participants to reach their weight loss goal.

For this same reason it is would if you get a personal trainer. So many benefits come with having to report to someone concerning the progress you’re making. Personal trainers themselves agree that being accountable to someone is one of the best and fastest ways to lose weight.

So rather than going it all alone, it would be nice to have someone to watch over the progress you’re making. Not only will your trainer help recommend a good weight loss diet and exercise program, knowing that you’ll report to him every week will keep you committed and on track.

It goes without say, of course, that anyone who desires to lose weight must begin to live differently. This includes being choosy about the food you eat and how you eat them, as well as taking steps to become more physically active.

As far as losing weight is concerned, there are quite a number of ways to train and many diets to choose from. One thing is for sure; whichever method you opt for, if you set specific, time-bound goals and have someone to report your progress to, you’ll make much faster progress.

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