What is a realistic weight goal?
If you have always been overweight, a realistic goal is to lose 5 to 10% of your current weight in around 6 months, and to keep it off for 2 or more years.
How can I lose weight?
The hardest part about losing weight is you have to stop dieting. Dieting means a temporary change in behaviour. You make the change, lose the weight, then stop the change and put the weight back on. If you want to lose weight you have to make changes that you can stick with almost all the time for the rest of your life.
If you are overweight, losing 5- 10% of your current weight can help improve your health in many ways
Inherited behaviours: as children. An example is 'eat everything on your plate'. Because as children we want to please our parents (or get pudding), we learned to eat everything on our plate, hungry or not. Now, as adults, we carry on that habit without thinking
Genetics: if your parents are overweight, you do not have to be overweight, but you do have more chance of being overweight than someone with slim parents. Very few people have genetic diseases that make them overweight.
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