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Ready to Make a Change

Beginning a weight-loss program is an important decision. The success you experience depends on your readiness to take the steps for change.  Think through these questions to understand your readiness for a program.

Are you motivated to make long-term lifestyle changes?

Being successful often means a significant change to your current lifestyle including changes in eating habits and adding more activity to your day. Examples including adding at least 30 to 45 minutes of activity to your daily routine.  Diet changes may include eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.

We recommend you start with your reason why you want to make change (I.e., better health, improved appearance, etc.) and focus on that motivation.

Have you addressed distractions in your life?

Deciding on a permanent lifestyle change to include adjusting eating and exercise habits can be a challenge.  If you are experiencing other life events, such as marital problems, job or financial stress, you might not want to adopt another new lifestyle change.  Consider addressing the current things going on in your life before starting a weight-loss program.

Do you have a realistic goal of how much weight you'll lose and how quickly?

Losing weight may be the goal. It's a lifelong process to maintain a healthy weight.  A realistic and safe goal may be to lost five percent of your current weight.

After, aim to lose one to two pounds a week until you reach your goal. To achieve this, you'll need to burn as many as 500 to 1,000 calories more than you consume daily through diet and exercise.

Changing your habits drastically may lead to quick results.  However, these changes aren't sustainable.

Have you resolved any emotional issues connected to your weight?

Emotions, such as anger, stress, grief and boredom, can trigger emotional eating. Even more, a history of an eating disorder can make change harder. Talk with your doctor or mental health professional if needed to help you identify any emotional issues related to food.

Do you have support and accountability?

Having someone support you when faced with temptation or difficult moments during the program is important.  Another recommendation is to be accountable to yourself with regular weigh-ins and tracking your diet activity. You may also consider joining a weight-loss support group in person or online or using a certified health coach.

Have you embraced the weight-loss challenge?

If you are nervous about what's ahead or even think it's going to be a terrible experience, you might not be ready.  Instead be positive and try visualizing your new lifestyle. See yourself celebrating small milestones.

Did you answer yes to most or all the questions?

If you answered yes to most or all, you're probably ready to jump-start your permanent lifestyle change. Start today with a healthy diet and regular activity.

And, we're here to help. Our program offers solutions for weight loss, weight management and lifestyle change at any level. Our providers, dietitians and exercise specialists offer comprehensive options to fit your needs. Each journey begins with a consultation and health assessment, which will guide you to the right program for you.

Email: weightmanagement@altru.org

Phone: 701.780.6729

Did you answer no to most or all the questions?

Right now might not be the best time for you to start your weight-loss journey.  Don't worry, though. It's completely okay.  Consider seeking help from your doctor or another professional. We're happy to be here for you to talk through some options that might make more sense for you at this time in your life.

Email: weightmanagement@altru.org

Phone: 701.780.6729

Did you answer equal yes and no?

If you couldn't answer yes or not to a question or you had equal yes and no responses, give us a call or send us an email.  We're here to help you evaluate the right steps to a healthier lifestyle.

Email: weightmanagement@altru.org

Phone: 701.780.6729