Are you motivated to make long-term lifestyle changes?
Weight loss depends on eating healthy, lower calorie foods and including physical activity in your daily routine. Do you have a plan to do this?
Whether it's better health, improved appearance, feeling better or some other reason, is something motivating you to undertake these changes?
Are you dealing with major life events, such as marital problems, job stress, illness or financial worries? (If so, give your life a chance to calm down before you launch your weight-loss program.)
Do you have a realistic picture of how much weight you'll lose and how quickly? Make sure your weight-loss goal is safe and realistic.
Do you have emotional issues connected to your weight? Anger, stress and grief can trigger emotional eating. Talk to your doctor or a mental health provider, if needed.
Do you have support and accountability? Having someone to offer encouragement can help. If you don't have friends or loved ones you can rely on for help, consider joining a weight-loss support group.
Have you embraced the weight-loss challenge? If you don't have a positive attitude about losing weight, you might not be ready. Try to embrace the vision of your new lifestyle and remain positive.