Having an aim or target to attain is always better while engaging in any activity. Then it does not matter, whether you are merely driving a car or are selecting a specific body weight to achieve on a diet plan. Having an aim or goal keeps you focused, motivated and also yields better results.
Can You Really Put A Label On What Is Normal?
People come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and dispositions. So you really cannot mark one particular characteristic or shape or size as the criterion for a normal human being.
For instance a body weight that is normal for an athlete would not be normal for a non-athletic individual of same age and same height. So when you attempt to lose weight, you need to set a target weight as your final goal. But this goal should be totally practical and not based on whims and fancies.
Keep Your Eyes Open When Setting Target Body Weight
Celebrities flaunting size zero sure looks good on the red carpet, but then everything that looks good need not be healthy too. Fantasizing about having washboard abs and zero flab is all okay, but only until you keep those fantasies within the circle of good health.
So set your target body weight with just good health as your foremost criterion. Everything else can wait and comes in only at second place.
Why Should You Have a Target Body Weight in Dukan Diet?
Dukan diet has 4 different phases, but phase # 3- Stabilization phase calls for setting a target weight. This body weight has to be pre-set and then maintained during phase # 3, phase # 4 and for life (if you decide that Dukan diet is the best guide to healthy living)
Criteria to Choose When Setting Target Body Weight in Dukan Diet
- Eating Habits
- Social Habits
- Life Style
- Exercise Schedule
- Personal Food Cravings
Eating Habits and Personal Food Cravings
We have already discussed why health is an important and the foremost criterion. So there is no need to elaborate further on that point. Now why should you consider eating habits and personal food cravings as a criterion in setting target body weight?
Eating habits and food cravings are almost always unique to each individual. While some people are sweet fanatics, there are others who would kill to dig their teeth into a double cheese burger or deep fried chicken. Until and unless you take all of your unique eating needs into consideration, you cannot expect to set a realistic body weight as your goal.
If you find that chocolate pastry to be as tempting as the apple seemed to Eve, then there is no point in torturing yourself by setting a size zero body weight as your target. Make allowances and considerations, as you need to adjust to your target weight for long term.
Social Habits and Life Style
At first glance, it sure seems odd to include social habits and your life style as decisive criteria for setting target body weight. But on deeper introspection, you will find the relevance of including them in your list of criteria.
For instance, imagine that your social habits demand that you party once a week or once a month or your life style is such that you do not have time to cook and have to depend upon restaurant food for the major part of the time. Won’t these factors heavily impact your body weight? So now you know why I insisted on getting them on your list, right?
Oh! This is the ‘E’ word that many of us detest and hate to hear being uttered. But then, it is also a major factor in determining your body weight.
If you belong to the exercise detester’s group, you will need to set a higher target body weight. But if you are proud of showing off your gym membership card and actually use it to exercise regularly, then you can safely set a lower target weight.