If you are having trouble losing weight, you need to set goals and put a little pressure on yourself to reach them. You can do this by telling other people how much weight you want to lose by a particular date. Without setting a date, and just saying to yourself that you want to lose 20 pounds, may not be enough.

By telling family and friends that you have to drop a certain amount of weight in a certain time frame, you are setting yourself up for success by making a real commitment. I have always felt that the main reason people lose so much weight on TV shows like The Biggest Loser is because their weight loss goals are on TV for millions of people to see. Even though I don’t agree with the weight loss approach used on The Biggest Loser (in my opinion they over-train the participants to unhealthy levels), it works. It’s the pressure they put on themselves by going on the show and exposing their weight loss goals to the whole world that produces such great results.

When a new personal training client starts training with me, one of the first things we do is set realistic health and fitness goals. With set goals, they are accountable to me. There are so many reasons why being accountable to someone can help you drop the weight. Being a personal trainer for over 25 years I’m always analyzing what diet or exercise program works best. But sometimes just the fact that they have to report to me every week keeps them on track toward reaching their weight loss goals.

There are so many different ways to train and so many different diets you can try. One thing is for sure; however, if you set specific goals within a time frame and have to report your progress to someone, your chances of succeeding will be much greater.

Follow these Steps to Lose 20 lbs in 6 Weeks:

  • Find an exercise and weight loss program that you like. You can go to the Fitness Principles section of this blog and design your own program from all the information in the articles or you can follow some of the programs I have recommended in the past like Visual Impact for Women or Visual Impact for Men for your lean muscle building. Or check out the article I wrote called More Weight Loss Options, which has some great suggestions on different diet programs that can work for you.
  • Once you have a plan, tell people about it. Tell your family, friends and co-workers that you plan on losing 20 lbs in 6 weeks and this is how I’m going to do it. Once you put yourself out there, you will feel like you’re on The Biggest Loser and have to lose the 20 lbs, or you will be embarrassed.

Sometimes if you are having trouble losing weight, the perfect diet plan is not enough. You might have to commit to losing weight by setting weight loss goals and telling everyone, so you really do it.

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Best – Mike Cola

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