The Importance of Goals to Lose Weight

weight loss goals1 231x300 The Importance of Goals to Lose WeightLosing weight is not easy. Weight loss takes the correct knowledge, a true desire, and strong motivation. Quick weight loss needs a little bit extra of each. In this article, I focus on goals, because having solid and realistic goals is a requirement for strong motivation.

Prior to starting a weight loss program, many people do not realize how difficult it will be. This is one of the biggest reason for why so many people fail to lose weight successfully. In addition, the faster you want to lose weight the harder the diet will be, and therefore motivation needs to be stronger.

Here are tips on using goals correctly to stay motivated in order to succeed at your weight loss goal.

Use Specific Goals

Good weight loss programs will help you with having specific goals. Usually these plans will have goals laid out. However, some plans — even the good ones — may not provide these specific goals. It then will become your job to enhance the plan by laying out specific goals for you to achieve.

Knowing exactly what you want to achieve is very important. The more specific your goals are, the better. How many pounds you want to lose, how far you are going to walk, how many calories you are going to consume, and so on.

Weight Loss Goals Should Be Realistic

Goals should be attainable — not only attainable, but easily attainable. Look at your goals as small stepping stones to your ultimate goal. Each time you reach a smaller goal, it can act as a motivational tool to help propel you to getting to your next goal.

Therefore, instead of one big goal, you should have many smaller goals. For example, if your main goal is to lose forty pounds, then have smaller goals of losing five pounds. Do the same with physical activity.

Reward Yourself When Reaching Diet Goals

Whenever you reach a goal, reward yourself. If you had a very successful week and you followed your diet and exercise program, and as a result you reached a goal, then please go ahead and celebrate. Go have some fun and enjoy yourself. Be proud.

Write Down Your Weight Loss Goals

To stay motivate, this may be the most important part of using goals. Categorize your goals by type: weight loss, exercise, weekly calorie consumption (if using a calorie counting diet) and write down your goals for each category. Again, make sure the goals are easily attainable. Whenever the goal is attained, cross it off the list. Just seeing these crossed out goals can be a huge motivation. It is a signal that says, “I can do it”! and “I am doing it”!

Successful people, not only in weight loss, but in business and sports, constantly create new goals and new challenges. Every big goal usually requires the accomplishment of a bunch of smaller goals. Having something to go after, gives you motivation to get up early and work hard. That is especially important when it comes to weight loss. And when you get to your goal, it is time for new goals in order to maintain your weight.

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Derek March 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I know very little about weight loss, but I know more about goals. Try using a proven method to achieve your goal, even losing weight. Prayer, practice, & patience, you do your work, but let God be in control. Check it out,

Suzie March 26, 2010 at 7:26 am

Having support and guidance along the way can help mean the difference between success and continually “starting over” with new fad diets and the latest trends.

At there are, not only fitness routines and exercises but complete plans for optimal health and fitness!

Frank April 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Valid explanation. Let me tell you Jessy, I have come across a number of people dying hard to loose their fats through different means. Either they involve city best dietitians or be busy with physical exercises. Even use of body fat monitor scales is also very popular among them. But surprisingly most of them fail to continue the courses successfully. Due to lack of iron determination they more often skip the important disciplinary steps and find lame excuses to support their inability. The reasons can be varied but to gain something concrete one must sacrifice for other trivial things and prioritize health issues. One solution for such lazy people can be learning from the live examples surrounding you.

Irvingia April 11, 2011 at 11:46 am

“Prior to starting a weight loss program, many people do not realize how difficult it will be.”

That’s so true, not just with weight loss, but almost any undertaking that we’re enthusiastic about. I can be hard to maintain that focus as the difficulties increase.

That’s why, in my opinion, it’s good to expect that things won’t be easy, and to even expect that some things won’t work out.

In fact, the saying that “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong,” is good to keep in mind, because that way, you won’t be under the illusion that everything is going to be easy.

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