Losing weight is a challenging but rewarding experience. By losing weight, you look and feel better but you do have to make permanent lifestyle changes in order to be successful. One of the best ways to guarantee your success is to set effective weight loss goals and this article will discuss how you can do exactly that.
1 – Start Small
If you want to lose a large amount of weight, it can be tempting to set this as your weight loss goal. However, aiming to lose 50lbs or 100lbs straight away can make it seem like you have a mountain to climb and cause you to become discouraged.
Instead, try starting off with a small weight loss goal and aim to lose 5lb-10lbs. A target like this will seem much more achievable and you’ll feel a lot more positive when working toward it. Then once you have the initial success of losing 5lbs or 10lbs under your belt, you can set a slightly larger weight loss target which will still seem achievable because of your previous success.
2 – Make It Time Based
Once you’ve set the intention to lose weight, you need to decide when you want to achieve it by. By making your weight loss goal time based, you can’t be complacent and you have to take immediate action. As a result, you’ll be much more likely to succeed.
When setting your time based weight loss goals, a good starting point is to focus on losing 2lbs per week – a challenging but realistic goal. Use this in-line with your main goal to determine an overall timescale and date for your intended weight loss. For example, if you’re starting your weight loss journey on 1st January and you want to lose 10lbs at a rate of 2lbs per week, it will take you 5 weeks to achieve your goal and you should have successfully dropped the weight by 4th February.
3 – Adapt Your Diet & Exercise Routine
To lose 1lbs per week, you’ll need to create a calorie deficit. So basically, this means that you need to be eating less each day than your body needs. You can create this deficit by reducing the total calories you consume in the form of food and increasing the calories you burn through exercise.
The exact way you do this will depend on your personal preferences. If you’d rather adapt your diet, look up the calories in the foods you currently eat and then eat fewer calories each day. If you’d prefer to burn the calories off through exercise, doing between 30 minutes and 1 hour of extra training each day will work through more calories. Alternatively, you can combine both approaches to achieve your weight loss goal.
These tips may sound simple but if you stick with them, you will be successful with your weight loss goals. So have another read and start putting together your weight loss action plan today.