Six Steps to Help Create a Weight loss Goal you can Stick to.
Losing weight can be a huge challenge to face in life. Changing your eating habits, resisting the temptation of just relaxing rather than get some exercise can be quite challenging.
There are various diet plans and weight loss programs available. However, each of them does not suit all people alike. Therefore, it is very crucial to find out what will suit you the best and adapt to the plan to get desirable results.
Starting the program requires will power, patience, and motivation to achieve the desired results. Weight loss goals’ setting will help you prepare psychologically for the challenges you are likely to encounter.
Weight loss is a consistent matter that requires you to put a lot of effort and determination. Realistic goals should be set based on your weight and physical condition. They help you to achieve your desired weight in a reasonable period. Once goal setting is done, it is important to stick to them.
Aiming to lose much weight in a very short time may be unachievable. When the expected results are not achieved, most people often get frustrated and eventually give up on the program.
How to set realistic weight loss goals
1. Identify why you want to lose weight
People have different reasons as to why they want to lose weight. The most popular one would probably be to look and feel good about your body. Some people may go on a weight loss plan for health reasons, for instance, overweight people.
Asking yourself the reason why you want to lose weight is the first step in goal setting. Your motivation will justify what you are doing, and it will give you the right push towards achieving your desired body weight.
2. Consider your lifestyle
When setting your goals, focus on your current lifestyle. This entails your age and health status, genetic history and the kind of food you eat every day. Once you address these factors, you will be able to set realistic goals that will involve changing any bad habits.
Eating healthy is one of the most crucial elements. It may mean changing your food patterns. Vegetables, fruits, and whole grains play a significant role. Also, you should not miss meals whatsoever.
Exercise is as important as eating healthy food. It requires determination to start exercising. It may be tiring but do not give up. Set a pattern and you will enjoy doing it every day. Exercise not only helps the body alone but it is also a good way of relaxing hence promoting your mental health.
3. Set periodic goals
Most experts state that losing 5-10% of your starting weight is an achievable goal. Set a realistic time a frame that will help you achieve goals. Aiming at losing too much weight within a short period could hurt your health. For instance, if you want to lose a total of 50 lbs healthily, your time frame should be at least six months. You can achieve this through excursing regularly and eating healthy.
4. Set short-term goals
It is important to set milestones to monitor your progress. Instead of focusing on the overall weight you want to lose, you could go for realistic weekly goals. Most people may not meet their weekly goals because they have set unrealistic goals. Many health experts suggest that setting a realistic goal should aim at losing between one to 2 pounds per week. This is easier to focus on, and the transformation will be evident over time.
5. Track your progress
You can monitor your improvement by maintaining a journal. Record all your achievements in spreadsheet, notebook or a journal and celebrate every milestone achieved.
You can celebrate by rewarding yourself with something you like or enjoy doing such as going to the movies. Start with a realistic perspective on how you want to monitor your improvement.
6. Think about your long-term goals
It requires much patience to start experiencing transformation after you start your journey to losing weight. While assessing your progress, it is important to find out the bad practices that led to weight gain. Then, embrace a new lifestyle that involves changing to healthier behaviours.
Realistic goals are attainable and result-oriented. They should be relevant to your life. Ensure that your weight loss goals fit your lifestyle and your surroundings. Devise a plan that will make sure that the goal is practical. Once you evaluate your surrounding well, you will have high chances of succeeding.
Jack Purdie @ImJackPurdie lives in Southampton and is on a slow but steady mission to try and find a way to share some of the random, and sometimes interesting, thoughts that go through his head.
Working heavily in the event industry, but also behind a health and nutrition startup, Jack is known to always be up to something, with many projects bubbling away.