CDC offers step-by-step weight loss plan

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Sometimes, the weight loss journey can seem like a never-ending trip. But, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), having a good roadmap makes it considerably easier, and increases your likelihood of success.

The CDC offers this step-by-step guide to get started.

Step 1: Make a commitment.

Making the decision to lose weight, change your lifestyle, and become healthier is a big step to take. Start simply by making a commitment to yourself.

Step 2: Take stock of where you are.

Consider talking to your health care provider. He or she can evaluate your height, weight, and explore other weight-related risk factors you may have. Keep a “food diary” for a few days, in which you write down everything you eat.

Step 3: Set realistic goals.

Set some short-term goals and reward your efforts along the way. Remember, small changes every day can lead to big results in the long run. Also remember that realistic goals are achievable goals.

 Step 4: Identify resources for information and support.

Find family members or friends who will support your weight loss efforts. Joining a weight loss group or visiting a health care professional such as a registered dietitian, can help.

Step 5: Continually “check in” with yourself to monitor your progress.

Revisit the goals you set for yourself and evaluate your progress regularly, and reward yourself for your successes.