Task #1: Set Goals
Research suggests that if you really want to get thinner, you need to set goals that are specific, measurable and realistic—so, in other words, how much will you lose? By when? (Don’t forget the realistic part! Your answer should not be 20 pounds by next week.)
Tried-and-True: Weigh yourself and calculate your body mass index (BMI), an estimate of percent body fat calculated from height and weight. A BMI of 25 or less is considered healthy; 25 to 29.9 is “overweight,” and a BMI of 30 corresponds to an “obese” category. Next, calculate your daily calorie goal; to lose one pound a week subtract 500 calories. Use the formulas below:
Calculate Your BMI
Calculate Your Calorie Goal
New tools: Consider buying a scale that does some of the work for you. Taylor’s The Biggest Loser Cal-Max Electronic Scale calculates BMI and a “maintenance” calorie intake level. Tanita’s Fitscan Body Composition Monitor also calculates the number of calories needed to maintain your current body weight but, instead of a BMI, it goes one step further and actually calculates your body composition: fat versus lean mass.
Task #2: Keep Track »