In order to achieve successful weight loss, it is essential to set a realistic and achievable weight reduction goal. If your goal is simply to lose weight, it is unlikely that you will achieve any weight loss.
When we refer to “smart goals”, we are referring to goals that are concrete, quantifiable, action-focused, realistic, timed, stimulating, rewarding, and action-oriented.
As you read on, you will discover that you can create weight loss goals that are both rewarding and stimulating, as well as action-oriented.
Have a healthy weight loss goal.
Determine to lose weight based on a healthy goal and plan to lose weight slowly. Here’s the way to break it down. When we say healthy goal, we are referring to the method used in weight loss as well as the number of pounds lost.
Diet and exercise without any or very few weight loss supplements, while seemingly traditional, is still the healthiest path to take to lose weight.
As you plan for your weight loss, be sure to include in your daily routine the appropriate diet and exercise plan that will help you achieve your goals.
Losing weight slowly gives your body time to adjust to the new demands being placed on it. According to health experts, you can aim to lose 5 to 10% of your weight when first starting out to be in the safe zone.
If your starting weight is 150 pounds; then, for example, your goal when you start out should be a loss of 7.5-15 pounds. You can then aim for a healthy 2-pound weight loss every week.
Even though it may seem to take a while; the best way to lose weight is to lose it slowly and stay with it until the weight loss goal is achieved. Slowly but surely, this method will keep you on track.
Fix your mid-range goals.
Where your mid-range goals are concerned, the period is longer, the goals are bigger, and the results are much better.
Once to start losing weight with your short-term goals, and have your mental outlook revised, then it is time to move on to phase two.
You are aiming for higher goals with the mental and physical strength gained from your early success in losing weight. For example, your intermediate goal will be losing 2 pounds each week; for the next 2 weeks until the 30-pound weight loss goal has been achieved.
The second phase is intensified; with smaller, healthier portions of food, walking farther and faster, and getting emotional help, when necessary.
Be aware of your progress.
You will need a way to monitor your progress; from the first step of your weight loss program until you complete your weight loss goal. A diary is one way to record your targets and actual results.
Depending on what you prefer, this could be something as simple as a little notebook with written entries to a computerized database.
There are other kinds of entries that you can put in this diary; such as mistakes you might have made, things you find that motivate you, and any lessons you may have learned. Look at it as building on your gains.
You should now realize that a series of small steps is all that it takes for safe and effective weight loss. If you could see the big picture and realize you can’t get there in a day, but a whole series of days if you don’t quit.
Therefore, regarding feasible weight reduction goals, the one who wins at being successful; is the one who makes slow steady gains and doesn’t give up.