You must have a goal in mind if you're serious about losing weight...
Having weight loss goals are the difference between success and failure. It’s a common mistake for people to begin trying to lose weight without any defined weight loss targets.
Setting unrealistic and vague goals can hinder your endeavours and leave you feeling disappointed when you fail to reach them.
(Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely) might remind you of your school days, but they do work!
As an effective strategy for goal setting, using this method will help you establish clear, realistic benchmarks you need to work towards and motivate you to stick to your plan to transition to the healthier lifestyle you want.
Learn how to enforce your weight loss strategy by sticking to the following criteria:
Specific = Be as detailed as you can when making your goals. Vague targets like “I want to eat healthier” make it difficult to know whether you’re making any progress. Make your milestones more precise instead, such as “I want to eat five pieces of fruit or veg daily.”
Measurable = Always make sure you can measure a goal to make it easier to track your progress. For example, if you aim to do more walking, plan which days you’ll walk, start at a 30-minutes and try and add more minutes each time.
Achievable = Make sure you have enough time and resources to achieve the goal because if it feels hard to achieve, you’ll be less likely to stick with it. If you don’t exercise regularly, jumping into a week-long workout routine might not appeal to you. Instead, aim to workout out at least 3-4 times a week for a month.
It’s a goal you’ll more likely achieve and will give you the gratification you’ll need to push on.
Relevant = What’s important to you? When your goal matches up with why you want to lose weight, you’ll be more motivated to stick with your plan.
If you enjoy dancing but aren’t a fan of gym workouts, make it a goal to join a dance class or search for a dance workout to do at home.
Time = Put a deadline on achieving your goal. Having a time limit can put some light pressure on you and help motivate you to stay on track. They also give you timeframes to monitor your progress and get an insight into what’s working for you and what isn’t.
Remember, it’s natural and normal to feel anxious when working towards big targets. Using SMART Goals are the ideal small, achievable goals you need to stick by to consistently lose weight and push yourself through your weight loss journey.