Maybe you want to fit into a pair of small-sized jeans or have bigger weight loss goals that revolve around better health goals, like walking up a flight of stairs without losing your breath. Notwithstanding, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone in your quest to shed pounds. An estimated 49 percent of American people attempted losing weight from 2013 to 2016, through one Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) survey.

Before you begin your journey to losing weight, you should set a small goal first, since that'll help you succeed in the long run. This article will help you create a strong goal to get in good shape.

1. Change Your Mindset

Your mind is an important tool that can help get you to where you want to be.

"All I wanted was to be normal_,"_ 30- year-old Claire Rock says. "My trainer and I focused on getting into a normal range for body fat percentage, so that was my goal." As you can see, she had to get to a place where she was more sensible about her goals.

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When Rock shifted her mindset from "I have so much to do" to "I just want to be healthier," she could home in on best-practices that worked for her. By discovering what strength training plans worked for her body and learning the importance of nutrition, she found success.

2. Assess Your Body

It's necessary to examine your current health and lifestyle behaviors to see how they might impact your weight loss potential. By recognizing your current habits, you can plan where things may need to shift for success to occur, says Arad.

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"The first step in what we are trying to do is recognize the why," says Arad. Factors such as genetics, bone density, age, medications, hormone levels and past health history — such as diabetes — can be used as a road map for choosing a healthy (and attainable) weight loss goal, he says.

3. Become a Student Again

There is no "the dog ate my homework excuse" when it comes to weight loss. Be diligent with your analysis and outreach to acquire more about beginning a new fitness routine or what exactly is considered a "healthy" meal. Some people do not recognize what cardio or strength training is or they think that vitamins and minerals will add calories to their meals, says Arad.

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In case you just begun, working with a certified nutritionist or trainer will be a total game-changer. If you already have some experience with healthier meals, Arad suggests tapping into the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website for answers to difficult questions about your diet.