When we think about dieting—depending on how much we have to lose—we tend to be less interested in setting achievable weight loss goals. We tend to want to get it over with and it skews our thinking—usually leading to failure and a broken heart and broken will. But the good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way—you can and should be able to change your way of thinking to suite your weight loss needs.
How to go about setting achievable weight loss goals:
So what do we mean when we say “achievable”? Does it mean you have to stop at a certain point because you’re hopeless? No, it doesn’t; what it does mean is it will set your mind to think of your weight loss goals as tiny bites instead of one big chew! Biting off more than you can chew at one time is something we shouldn’t be doing because it only leads to discouragement and opens doors to anything going wrong.
How to get started:
You need to take stock of how much you weigh now and what your actual healthy weight should be and do not attempt to bring yourself under that weight. The second thing you need to do is not plan to ‘crash’ diet. This means no losing ten out of twenty pounds of your total weight loss goal in a month. There are many dangers in doing this. First, the flab and stretch marks it will create will be a chore to tone up. The weight is most likely to come straight back with a vengeance as well and your metabolism will be shot. So this is the best way in the next section to setting achievable weight loss goals.
Setting achievable weight loss goals this way:
Once you know how much you have to lose. As much as you may hate the thought of the long-term—make sure you are losing no more than 2 pounds a week steadily until you reach your ultimate goal. In order to keep yourself on track, make sure you create a monthly goal like 8 pounds and celebrate by a night of treating yourself because contrary to popular belief—one day will not gain weight for you in any detrimental way.
Make sure you are eating healthy low calorie meals that will serve to change your tastes in food and habits as well as using the time you have to exercise and keep a plan of 20 minutes, three times a week even if it’s cardio.