Quiz: Are You Ready to Commit to a Healthy Diet?

By EatingWell Editors

"I am an 18 year old girl who weighs about 24stone :( i hate the way i look and it has always impacted on my life. I want to be able to go into a shop and look for size 8 or 10 clothes and not 24-26. I've been putting it off for sometime...

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What’s the verdict?

If you chose mostly A’s, you’re

It sounds like your life is a little stressful right now. Experts agree it's best to embark on a difficult challenge, such as losing weight, when you have time and people in your life to support you. Otherwise, you may be setting yourself up to fail. But just because you’re not ready to fully commit to a lifestyle overhaul doesn’t mean that you can’t start thinking about the healthy changes that you’ll make when the time is right. How will you plan meals? How might you rework your schedule so you can fit in exercise? Who can you rely on for support and motivation? Think about these questions and try to incorporate one new healthy behavior into your routine each week: try one (quick) new recipe on a Sunday afternoon or plan to take a long walk on the weekend.

If you chose mostly B’s, you’re

You realize that losing weight will not be easy, but you are prepared for the challenges ahead. You know that it will take a combination of eating right and exercising to lose weight and maintain your weight loss. The timing is right for you to take charge of your life. Let’s get started on the next step, setting your goals!

If you chose mostly C’s, you’re

You sincerely want to lose weight and have spent time thinking about what it will take to do it. Still, you’re not sure if you are ready (or able) to commit to putting in the effort that will help ensure your success. Maybe writing down everything you eat seems like a pain or you have a job that makes getting into a regular exercise schedule very difficult. For now, take baby steps. If keeping a food diary every day seems intimidating, try doing it for just one day to see how it feels. Or go ahead and set a calorie goal and promise to stick with it for one week. At the end of that week, evaluate whether you want to keep going. By starting off slowly and accomplishing small goals, you may see that you have everything it takes to succeed in your weight-loss efforts.

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