How to Set Realistic Weight Loss Goals

How To Create Weight Loss Goals You Can Really Stick To

"weight loss goals"How many of us have created a fitness or weight loss goals that we gave up on just a few weeks, or even days, later? Most of us create weight loss goals that are not realistic, and give up when we don’t see the results we want.  This used to include me as well.  I can’t tell you how many times I set unrealistic goals and ended up quitting.

Here are some things you should know when you are trying to lose weight:

  • First of all, it’s important to know healthy weight loss means losing up to two pounds a week, give or take. This is likely the amount that your body will be losing on a weekly basis.  Losing weight faster than that is not healthy and eventually, your body will adjust your metabolism;
  •  There are diets that may promise you a loss of ten pounds a week or something along those lines, but those are diets that will mostly rid you of water weight, and sometimes muscle. Why muscle? When your calorie count is too low, your body will feed on muscle first before it will feed on fat. So, don’t ever go on a very low-calorie diet unless supervised by a doctor.
  • There are many ways you can lose weight, but the best would probably be by combining a low-calorie diet with exercise. This way, you don’t have to eat too little, and at the same time you will be getting fitter.

How To Set Healthy Weight Loss Goals

Setting healthy goals is simple. Before you start, think about your lifestyle now. What is it that you can cut out that will reduce your calorie count? Are there foods that you are not yet willing to stop eating? Also, can you incorporate exercise into your daily routine? How much are you willing to reduce when it comes to your calorie count? These are some of the things you should consider.

If you are taking things slow, which you should, then you should aim for a loss of about one pound a week. If you are working out heavily though, you can aim higher, for about two to four pounds a week. If you see a bigger loss than that on the scale, then that’s a bonus!

Setting realistic weight loss goals is important so that you don’t end up disappointed and give up altogether. Indeed, weight loss is a slow process, but in the end, it’s definitely worth the effort. So eat healthy, exercise regularly, and change your lifestyle to a healthier one, so that the weight slips off, and stays off, in the long run. Start your journey, keep at it, and don’t give up!

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8 Responses to How to Set Realistic Weight Loss Goals

  1. Great tips, Darren! Thank you for sharing! I know I struggle, even today, with setting realistic goals! But it’s gotten better! I know now to use my measuring tape instead of the scale to track my progress. 🙂

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