Living Well

Frequently people seem to take an approach to weight loss that essentially amounts to wishful thinking. Here’s how it goes: person picks a given amount of weight that she wants to lose in a given amount of time (usually the timeframe is completely unrealistic) and breaks it down by how much she needs to lose by month/week/day. She then decides on an arbitrary number of calories (usually way too low) that she somehow concludes will enable her hit these targets. And then gets frustrated when it doesn’t work.

Well, it would be nice if you could will yourself into losing whatever amount of weight you wanted, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. You need to do the math and use some common sense to figure out how much weight you can reasonably expect to lose in a given period, and then set a timeframe for achieving your goals that’s…

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