How to Set Weight Loss Goals

by admin on January 12, 2013

Why is it that losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution, but hardly anyone actually accomplishes it? Perhaps it is because we don’t know how to set weight loss goals.

Saying you want to lose weight and actually doing it are two different things. Learning how to set weight loss goals can help. These goals must be achievable and healthy.

Achievable means you have control over whether or not you accomplish the goal. For example if you set a goal to lose ten pounds in a month, that may or may not be achievable. You don’t have control over the number on the scale. You do have control over what you eat and whether or not you exercise. So rather than set a goal to lose ten pounds, an achievable goal would be to limit sweets to the weekend, or to walk 3 miles 4-5 days a week.

When you step on the scale, it will have nothing to do with whether or not you achieved your goals. It will just reflect progress in the right direction.

Samples of achievable, healthy goals include:

  • Stay within 1000 – 1200 calories each day
  • Eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables
  • Drink 64 ounces of pure water daily
  • Walk at least three days a week

Goals should also be specific. In other words, if your goal is to exercise “more” the question is more than what? Be specific so you know whether you are really achieving your goal.

Eating healthier is also not specific enough. You have to have a plan. What steps are you going to take to eat healthier?

Once you see how to set weight loss goals that work, you’ll start to see the pounds come off. Take time to make a plan and write it down. Update your goals each month and track your success. It will help keep you motivated.

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