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Re-Set Your Pre-Set

dial-inIn Boston, 98.5 FM is moving up the dial to 104.1 FM. Their tag line is ‘re-set your pre-set.’ Makes me think of traditional dieting – you have a goal in mind, a fixed number of pounds you want to lose, a smaller number visible on the digital scale. Often, that number never appears – any where. So, re-set your pre-set!

Weight loss goals, as in all goals, have to be realistic. If you’ve been losing and gaining the same poundage of body fat for years now, rethink your goal. The NHLBI (National Heart Lung Blood Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health) recommends a weight loss goal of 5-10% of your current body weight over 6 months. E.g., if you weigh 180 lbs, 5% is 9 lbs, therefore 10% is 18 lbs. Making small changes to your food choices can yield a 1-2 lbs weekly weight loss. Using this example of 18 lbs, this is a very doable ‘3 lbs a month’ weight loss.

Once at your new weight, and maintaining that weight loss for a few months, consider a new goal of 5-10%. Step-by-step, day-by-day, you’ll lose pounds and regain your self-esteem.

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