It’s the perfect time to start losing weight because those hot summer months are just far enough away to give you an advantage. These winter months provide an excellent opportunity to focus on your health, without having to worry about the fitted and tight clothing of the summer. If you’re ready to get started today on your weight loss venture, here are five steps to help you begin.

#1: Set your weight loss goals

Take the time today to set your goals for weight loss. Each person has different objectives when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, and it’s important that you understand what you’re trying to accomplish. By writing these down, you’ll have a better idea of where you truly stand and you can break the big goals into smaller, more achievable goals. It’s easy to say that you want to lose weight and look great on your beach vacation, but when you know you want to lose thirty pounds by a specific date, you’ll have the information you need to make that happen.

#2: Write down everything you eat

Take a day when you don’t try to change the way you eat and write everything down. You can also do the same thing for the amount of activity you get in a day. You might not realize just how many bites of chocolate you snack on or how many servings of chips you have in one sitting. By taking to the time to write this out, you’ll have a better understanding of what you need to overcome.

#3: Enlist a friend to help

Having a friend with you during your weight loss journey can make a huge difference in your success rate. You’ll have someone to talk to about barriers, successes, and to vent to. They hold you accountable, and you won’t feel alone when you have to turn down or maintain complete self-control during events that cater to those that aren’t trying to lose weight.

#4: Find a proven program

Enrolling in a proven program offered by experienced professionals is going to give you the highest chance of success. While a friend will help hold you accountable, investing in a structured weight loss program will enhance your accountability level and add a serious tone to achieving your goals. Plus, professionals can cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and give you a personalized weight loss plan that works with your body – not against it.

#5: Schedule a free consultation

It only takes one phone call to Pierce Medical to schedule your free consultation. You’re not obligated after the consultation, but it’s important that you get information about the programs offered to make the most educated decision for your particular needs. We’re here to listen to your goals and answer any questions you have. Don’t put off your health and weight loss goals any longer. Take those first steps today for a healthy and confident tomorrow.