The goals you set can make the difference between the success and failure of your weight-loss efforts. If you want to stay focused and motivated, you’ll need some well-planned, realistic ambitions. So as you try to make the changes that will help you switch to a healthier lifestyle, there are a few points you should keep in mind.
Focus on the Process
Fitness goals can focus on one of two elements, namely the outcomes and the process. The former spells out what one hopes to achieve in the end, while the latter spells out the steps they need to take towards a particular outcome. Although outcome goals will give you a good idea of what you hope to achieve from your efforts, they don’t address how you’ll get there. This is why you want to outline the steps you’ll need to take towards the outcome(s) you desire. Such goals are more effective, since they help you focus on making certain behavioral changes necessary for weight loss.
Set Smart Goals
Whether it’s your process or outcome goals, your ambitions should always meet the following criteria:
-Specific: Your goals should declare what you’ll be doing, for how long you’ll be doing, and the specific time of day you’ve set aside for working on them.
-Measurable: Your ability to measure your goals will help you judge your success (or lack thereof) from a sober perspective.
-Attainable: An attainable goal is one which you’ll easily find the time and resources required to achieve it.
-Realistic: Your doctor can help you set realistic milestones for your current state of health and weight. For most people, a realistic goal would be to lose between 5 and 10% of their current body weight.
-Trackable: Goals are best achieved when one keeps a record of their progress; tracking your goals will keep you motivated, besides helping you evaluate the progress you’re making.
Set both Long-term and Short-term Goals
Long-term ambitions are crucial when it comes to keeping your eyes glued to the big picture. This is because they help you focus on making wholesale lifestyle changes, as opposed to simply concentrating on your diet. That said, these goals can seem too daunting or too far away, which is why you might want to break them down into a series of smaller, short-term milestones. So if your outcome goal is to lose 10 kg in 4 months, consider breaking it down into smaller targets for each month.
Allow For Setbacks
Almost everyone who succeeds in changing one or several elements o their life has experienced a few setbacks. And the case isn’t any different for you; you cannot expect to change your ways without encountering at least one or 2 challenges. So instead of having to deal with disappointment when you encounter setbacks, why not expect them and develop a plan to help you cope?
As you plan your fitness strategy, try to identify potential roadblocks you may encounter along the way. Some good examples would be an office party or a big holiday meal. Having pointed out these elements, it becomes easy to figure out how you’ll overcome them and stay on course.