Setting The Right Goals For Effective Weight Loss Plan

Setting up effective weight loss goals can easily mean the difference between failure and success. A well-planned weight-loss you will be able to keep focused and motivated. A healthy weight loss plan will help you transition to a healthier lifestyle that will stick with you once you get to your goal weight. You need to remember, though; not all weight loss goals are helpful. Overly aggressive and unrealistic goals may only cause frustration and make you end up ditching the idea of losing weight altogether.


SMART Goal Setting

SMART is considered a good strategy to use as an effective weight loss plan.

Specific – A great goal should include specific details. For example, a goal to exercise more often is not unique, but a goal to walk 30 minutes every day is specific. Try to write down your specific goals such as what you need to do, how long you will do each exercise, and how often you will do it.

Measurable – If you can measure a goal, then you will be able to determine how successful you are meeting that particular goal objectively. For example, a goal of eating healthy food is not measurable, but eating only 1,200 calories a day can be measured.

Attainable – An achievable goal is something that you set for yourself according to your time and resources. For example, if your schedule does not allow you to workout for a long time at the gym, then you should focus on other options like adding short but effective activities while at work or home.

Realistic – Set yourself with a realistic outcome, for example, losing 5 to 10 percent of your current weight. When looking at losing that excess body weight, it is important to set correct and realistic goals. Like in any project, goal setting is important because it produces correct expectations. Anyone who has ever set unrealistic goals can how it feels when you fail.

Trackable – Goals should be trackable so that you can record your achievements accordingly.

Additional Tips To Lose Weight

Check your current weight against your ideal weight by using the BMI index (there is one in my sidebar) – this will certainly help in letting you know how much pounds or kilos you will have to lose. Be realistic, it is better to set realistic goals such as losing 1 – 2 pounds a week. Rapid weight loss might be tempting, but you aren’t creating lasting lifestyle changes to help keep the weight off long term. Finally, patience is a virtue, as much as you want to lose those excess pounds quickly, gradual weight loss is healthier and considered a safe way to shed the weight. It will also make your body adjust better to the new needs that you may have.

Benefits of Weight Loss

There are many advantages in goal setting both with your body and your self-esteem including:

  • When you can achieve that goal, you will boost your confidence and make you want to look forward to losing more in the following week.
  • Losing weight gradually is more efficient than losing huge weight in just one time. This also ensures that you do not deprive your body at one point.

There are many ways to achieve the goals that you set just like:

  • Regular Exercise
  • Healthy Dieting
  • Healthy Lifestyle

All in all, weight loss can be accomplished, and the best way to start it is to set correct and attainable goals. Setting the right goals will also make you appreciate your achievements more.

Have you set realistic goals so that can create an effective weight loss strategy?

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Christy is married to her best friend and has three children. When she isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing video games, reading books, or listening to music. She loves to write and help other people to take the focus off of her chronic health problems.

This article has 27 Comments

    1. I agree that several smaller goals will help you meet your end goal. I found aiming to lose 10lbs at a time until I meet my ultimate goal is ideal. If I don’t see progress I tend to get discouraged.

  1. Thank you so much for your tips. I see now why I always fail with my goals. They aren’t attainable or realistic. I need to start over and use your tips to reset my goals for the new year.

    1. I am glad that you found this article helpful and that you are able to achieve the results that you are looking for long term.

    1. We did the same thing on Saturday. I don’t usually meal prep but I do make sure that we have quick meals that are healthy.

    1. Smart goals are popular because I think it is easy for people to figure out how to set realistic goaks whether it is your health, weight lose journey, ect.

  2. These are tried and true tips for weight loss! Right now, I’m not really looking for ways to lose weight since I’m expecting. However, I’ll have to keep these tips in mind for the future!

    1. Good luck on your pregnancy. You can use these same ideas to track how much water you are drinking or even help keep you on track with healthy eating.

  3. I am quite terrible at keeping up with any weight loss plan I have tried in the past. But these tips sounds like something I can try … again. I am not sure if I will succeed but I will try. Tysm for sharing this. xx

    1. You’re welcome. I am the same way unless I find a way to keep myself accountable. Myfitness pal helps put things into prospective.

  4. These are tried and true tips for Set the Right Goal in Life! Right now, I’m not really looking for ways to Set the Right Goal in Life. Since I’m expecting. However, I’ll have to keep these tips in mind for the future!

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