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Setting Realistic Weight Loss Goals

Planning to lose weight is a great thing—so long as you have a realistic, attainable plan to enact. One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions is losing weight. Whether that entails going to the gym more, running the trails, or picking up a new active hobby, most people seem to fall through on completing these goals. Why? They aren’t as realistic or specific as they needed. We’ve provided some short tips on setting realistic weight loss goals below! Read for yourself and start implementing these tips into your own goals.

1. Create Specific Goals

Don’t let broad weight loss goals get in your way. Instead of simply saying “I want to be skinny” or “I want to look like that one person,” create goals that are as specific to yourself as possible. Consider making a goal of losing a certain amount of weight, such as 10 to 25 pound depending on your health and overall desire for improvement. Saying you just want to lose weight can be very vague and allow room for justification. Ask yourself why you want to lose weight and make a plan for how you will lose the weight. The more specific you are with your goals, the better!

2. Make Measurable Steps

Along with making your goals more specific, give yourself measurable goals with steps to achieve along the way. Have a midway point or even more mini goals to hit, such as losing two pounds a week or five pounds every few weeks. You can also include goals like going to the gym four times a week and cutting out certain foods. The more measurable and attainable the goals are, the more progress you can make on your larger mission and weight loss goal. Track your progress over time to see visible improvement or lack of movement. This can help keep you motivated and give you a kick in the pants if you are falling behind.

3. Have Accountability

When you’re aiming to lose weight or even just maintain your current weight loss, accountability can be one of your greatest secret weapons. Willpower often isn’t enough to keep you going strong with your goals, which is why having something or something to hold you accountable can be great. For example, become well acquainted with your scale—those that weigh themselves weekly or daily can help maintain weight loss better. Another great way to maintain accountability is keeping a food diary. When you actually have to write down everything you eat, it’s easier to hold yourself accountable in the long run. You can also partner with a friend who is on a diet or maybe went on a weight loss plan in the past and understands how to help you stay on track. Don’t have anyone in mind? There is an app for that! There are actually apps available that can help you set goals, keep you accountable, and track your workouts for you.

Whether you have a friend who can help you stay on top of your weight loss goals or simply need to download an app to keep yourself organized, there are plenty of ways to set more realistic and effective weight loss goals. The first step should always be talking to your doctor about your health and dietary plan.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.