If you don’t set weight loss goals, how can you know whether you are progressing in your battle to shed pounds? Weight loss goals support you throughout your journey toward a healthy lifestyle. Learn how to set realistic weight loss goals to lose pounds.
What Makes Weight Loss Goals Realistic?
Before setting a weight loss goal, it’s important to learn how to tell the difference between unrealistic and realistic weight loss goals. If your goal is unrealistic, you will fall shot of achieving it and can become demoralized. If your goal is realistic, and you follow all the right steps to achieve it, you will see progress and can have the motivation you need to continue making changes.
Many unrealistic weight loss goals fail to take into account the time it takes to lose weight. Other unrealistic goals are too vague to really be meaningful. Having a goal of getting to 150 pounds is vague, because this goal does not state how you will get there or how long it will take.
A realistic weight loss goal is something that’s both specific and achievable. Instead of deciding to spend 10 hours a week at the gym, a realistic goal might be to go to the gym after work four days a week. The average person can only lose 1-2 pounds of weight a week on a consistent basis, so a weight-based fitness goal should not exceed this amount.
Goal Setting Tips
To set a realistic and meaningful goal, think about what you want. Make a list, putting anything that comes to mind on it. Then think about how to translate the items on your list into actionable, achievable goals. If you want to weigh 150 pounds, how will you get there? What changes can you make to your current lifestyle that will help you shed pounds?
The key to success here is making all of your goals progress instead of outcome goals. To get to 150 pounds, you might decide that you can only enjoy dessert on the weekends (a progress goal) or that you will walk two miles a day on your lunch hour, 5 days a week. Even with realistic goals, it’s important to remember that things come up and it’s not always possible to be 100 percent faithful toward your goals. If you “fall off the wagon” an eat an extra dessert or skip a week of lunchtime walks, acknowledge that you missed your benchmark, let yourself off the hook for doing so, and recommit to your goals.
As you make progress in your realistic weight loss goals, you might change or shift these goals. If you’ve been a rockstar at your two-mile lunch hour walks, you might try jogging. If winter weather threats your walks, you might decide to do a local Zumba class or do circuit training at your local gym.
If you need more help putting your realistic weight loss goals into action, talk to the staff at your local gym. These fitness and nutrition experts can provide workout and diet tips that fire up both your motivation and metabolism.