It’s not uncommon for people to want to lose weight. But just because someone wants to lose weight doesn’t necessarily mean that they are ready to lose weight. What’s the difference? Being ready to lose weight means that you understand the changes that you’ll have to undergo and the benefits that you can gain from going through the weight loss process.
Weight Loss Readiness Quiz
Before you go on a diet or embark on any big changes to your diet or exercise regime, ask yourself these questions. You should know the answers to each question before you begin your weight loss journey. The answers will help you stay on track when challenges arise.
- Does my weight affect my health? Your healthy care provider may have talked to you about the importance of losing weight. But you might also want to discuss specifics with your doctor. Ask specific questions to find out what medical conditions are affected by your weight. You can also use this downloadable Wellness Questionnaire to help you decide if now is the right time to lose weight.
- What changes am I willing to make to lose weight? You’ll need to make some lifestyle changes in order to make a real difference in the way your body looks and feels. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the changes are bad! A registered dietitian can tailor a program to meet your needs. But you need to be open to changing portions sizes of foods that you eat, meal choices and your activity level if you really want to be successful in the long run.
- What will I gain from losing weight? The answers to this question may fall into a few different categories. Your doctor can explain how losing weight may improve your medical health. Weight loss may also make it easier to spend active time with your children or with friends. And you may want to think about how weight loss can affect your own feelings about yourself. A behavioral specialist can help you explore these issues in greater detail as you work through your weight loss journey.
- Do I have support for my weight loss journey? Before you start a weight loss program, think about who can help you out when the going gets tough. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Your spouse may be open to suggestions about how he or she can make the process easier. Do you have coworkers who are also trying to slim down? Connect with others who are going through the same process. And connect with North Memorial as well! Our Facebook page, blog and Twitter feed offer daily tips and motivation.
Once you know the answers to these questions, starting a weight loss program will make more sense. You’ll set yourself up for success by answering the questions now and equipping yourself with sound reasons for improving your health.