More and more we’re reading about medical research that shows how maintaining a healthy weight is the best way to get and stay healthy over time. But knowing we should lose weight and making it happen are two very different things. That’s why it’s important to have a strategy that will not only help you reach your goal but help you stay there going forward, too.

It’s important to understand that long-term weight loss requires a long-term commitment to the process. So you’ll also need to understand your motivation, and embrace it fully. Make a list of why this is important to you, and look at it whenever you feel tempted to stray. Some people find it helpful to post an actual written list in those places that are most tempting, such as on the door of the fridge or on the cookie jar.

Be realistic about the process. There’s nothing magical about this journey, and if you begin with the understanding that losing a pound or two a week is a success, you’ll feel better able to keep going. In terms of your overall weight loss goal, depending upon your specific needs it may be best to get your physician’s input. Losing 5% of your current weight is usually enough to lower your risk of certain diseases. Set process goals, too. These are the ways in which you plan to attack the issue, such as walking 30 minutes per day. Having strategies like this in place will help you make it all happen.

You’ll also need to work your way toward a new perspective on food and your lifestyle. Weight loss needs to be long term in order to be truly healthy, and that often means adjusting your lifestyle. There will be set backs, but with a long term plan in hand, you’ll be better able to quickly get back on the right path.

The most important thing to realize is that you don’t need to undertake this journey all by yourself. The medical team here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa can help you find the best strategies to make weight loss work best for you. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at If you prefer to instantly make your own appointment, download our convenient app. It’s available for free from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.