3 Tips for Weight Loss Goal Setting

Source: Mayo Clinic

Millions of people make New Year resolutions to lose weight every year, but more than half of them lose motivation within a few weeks. Making a simple resolution to lose a certain amount of weight may not be all you need to achieve your goal. You need to have a clear goal in your mind regarding what you want to achieve and a plan for how you will do it.

What is a SMART weight loss goal?

SMART refers to specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time bound. Having a SMART goal means that know what and how to go about achieving something you want. For example, if you wish to lose weight you want to identify 1) I will lose 10 pounds to improve my overall health by exercising 5 days a week and removing sugar from my diet (specific), 2) I will measure my progress by how many pounds I have lost at the end of each week (measurable); 3) I will begin by walking 30 minutes every day and removing all sugar beverages from my diet (achievable); 4) I will lose the weight to improve my flexibility, endurance, and reduce pain in my lower back (realistic);5) I will start the program today, and complete the program in three months (time bound).

Be specific about your goals

Don’t be vague about your goal. Know what you want and go for it. The key to achieving your goal is to make them measurable. Again, know how many pounds you want to lose so that you know when you have reached your goal. If you are unsure about the amount of weight you are working to lose, you will not have any sense of direction.

Keep an account of your diet and weight

Use a journal to track all the calories that you take in and exercise you participate in. This will greatly help you to cut down on the amount of food you shouldn’t be eating. In the same manner, keep a record of your weight. You can weigh yourself weekly to see your progress. Keeping a daily record will also enable you to be accountable for your actions during the weight loss process.

Be realistic while setting a goal

Do not set difficult or unrealistic goals for yourself because you might get discouraged if you are unable to fulfill them. Give yourself a timeframe that is required for your body to lose weight instead of rushing and overworking your body for an unattainable positive outcome and feeling defeated.

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