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6 Smart Weight Loss Goal Tips

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If you’re ready to start your weight loss journey. You will need to set some goals. I am going to give you 6 smart weight loss goal tips so you can be successful.

Now, I’m sure you’ll all agree that losing weight is not easy. The truth is that no matter what the latest and greatest diet product promises, it’s gonna be hard work. And guaranteed it’s gonna take you a while to see good results. I know what you’re thinking. It sounds pretty discouraging, doesn’t it? Well, I’m here to offer you some help. The single most effective “tool” for sustainable weight loss is to set smart weight loss goals. Now, what makes a goal smart? Well, I’m glad you asked. Here they are. Then keep reading to find out a little more about each one.

6 Smart Weight Loss Goal Tips

  • Find Your Focus
  • Be More Specific
  • Set A Deadline
  • Celebrate Each Victory
  • Be Real
  • Accountability

Find Your Focus

Okay so we already covered that losing weight won’t happen overnight. Here’s what you need to make it happen. Just develop better eating habits and start moving more. Now, these are lifestyle changes. And it’s still going to take a while before they become habits for you. But, in the meantime, you need to focus on practicing your new habits daily while focusing on your goal at the same time. If you can focus on a concrete reason for you to lose weight it may be easier. So, ask yourself the following questions.  Do I want to live a long, healthy life? Will I have a better quality of life if I make these changes? Do I want to set a good example for my kids? Just find your focus. Then use it to reach your goals before this new lifestyle becomes a habit.

Be More Specific

Now, saying “I need to lose some weight” just doesn’t cut it. I know that’s a little harsh. But honestly, it’s the truth. You must be more specific. You need a smart weight loss goal. Pick a number. How many pounds do you want to lose? How many inches do you want to drop from your waist? Be specific. The only way to know when you’ve reached your goal is to have a specific number in mind to reach.  Otherwise, while you might make progress, you won’t reach your weight loss goal.

Set A Deadline

Someone smart once told me that goals without deadlines are just dreams. There’s a lot of truth in that statement. Without a deadline, you’ll have no frame of reference. As specific as wanting to lose 25 pounds is, without a deadline it could take you a year. Smart weight loss goals will have a realistic deadline. Losing a pound per week is an ambitious but realistic goal. And losing 25 pounds in the next 6 months is a smart weight loss goal with a deadline.

Celebrate Each Victory

Changing your eating habits and getting your body moving isn’t easy.  It’s even harder if you’ve been a couch potato until now. You may want to try breaking up your big weight loss goal into little mini goals. Then celebrate each victory along the way. This will help you to stay motivated. For example, if your end goal is to lose 25 pounds in 6 months, break it down into 5 pound increments. Give yourself a pat on the back and do something fun to celebrate each 5 pound loss. Remember though it’s best to not to use food as a reward.

Be Real

Next, you want to make sure to not set high weight loss goals. You’ll get discouraged when you don’t meet them. For example, a goal like losing 100 pounds in three months. It’s just not gonna happen. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Instead, set yourself up for success. Set a weight loss goal that you can reach. But don’t be afraid to have to work a little to reach them.

And remember to not let yourself get discouraged if you should fall off the wagon every now and then. Everyone does. I mean, let’s be real, life happens! Sometimes you just can’t say no to that piece of pizza, or maybe two or three. The important thing is to pick yourself right back up. Keep on working toward your goals.

Accountability

Ask around, try to find a partner. It’s great for someone to have your back. Plus, they will help give you accountability. Ideally, this person will also be on a weight loss journey of their own. You’ll be able to encourage and support each other. Share your weight loss goals and accomplishments with them. Call each other out on those times you slip up or skip a walk. It’s great to have accountability. You may try a little harder if you know someone is holding you to it.

Alright, now it’s your turn. Are you ready to set some smart weight loss goals?

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