Pick a target weight. As you begin the 17 Day Diet, it's good to have a goal of how much you want to lose and what your target weight should be. Even if you don't make your ideal weight, remember: Every pound you take off is a pound your hips, knees, and heart do not have to carry around; even a 10-lb. loss is good for your body.
How to figure out your target weight:
If you're a woman, take 100 pounds for the first 5 feet of your height. From here, add 5 pounds for every extra inch. This number represents the midpoint of your weight range. Depending on your frame, you can either add or subtract 15 percent from this number. For men, begin with 5 feet and 110 pounds. For every inch you exceed 5 feet, add 6 pounds. Again, you can add or subtract 15 percent depending on the size of your frame. People come in all body types and sizes, and it's important to keep this in mind and choose a realistic goal. There's no "perfect" size or weight, just what makes you feel healthy.
Stay on the scale. Don't ignore your scale! You need to weigh yourself to track your progress. Love them or hate them, scales don't lie. If you skirt the scale, your weight may go up, so be sure to weigh in at least once a week. As with any diet you'll see the most profound weight loss in the first few weeks, so don't get discouraged if the results in later weeks aren't as dramatic. A steady loss of 1 to 2 lbs. is a good goal.
Exercise. It's essential to stay active. Too often people jump into a diet with gusto and then start to lose momentum after the first weeks. But if you combine exercise with your diet, you'll start to see results faster-the exercise can help to tone you as you lose weight. Choose something you like to do and that you'll want to do regularly. If you haven't exercised for a while remember to start slowly and consult with your doctor beforehand. Make your weight loss less about a resolution and more about creating lasting results.
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