Goal setting can be very important to your overall success when trying to lose weight. But before you start down the path toward setting goals that you are never going to stick to, stop and read these tips to setting sustainable weight loss goals.
Narrow Down Your Goals
Setting too many goals can put you on the fast track to failure. In fact, one of the main reasons many individuals give up on their goals is because they feel too overwhelmed by all the things they need to keep track of and do to reach all the goals they have set. This usually leads to a slow decline until the point where they are either back where they started or in an even worse position than when they started.
Too avoid this scenario, make a list of your goals and pick the top one or two. These one or two goals should be very specific. For example, a goal could be to consume a certain amount of calories per day according to your caloric needs to lose weight. (There are a number of tools that can help you find out how many calories you should be consuming in order to lose weight, including My Fitness Pal.) Once you are on track with these one or two goals, you can try adding others.
Write Them Down
The next thing you should do is writing them down so that you can remember what your specific goals were. Writing down your goals also adds a sense of responsibility. If you just keep your goals in your head, you may not have the willpower to fully commit yourself. So take that extra step and write them down.
Note: This step is simple but is also often overlooked by many because it seems so simple. Do not overlook the importance of this step.
Put Them Where You Can See Them
Once you have written your goals down, put them in a place where you will see them often. This will further hold you accountable and will be a constant reminder of what you have to do. Try putting your goals in places that you seem to have the most temptation to break them such as in the kitchen, in your car, on top of the cookie jar or wherever else you feel necessary.
Going back to our example of eating a certain number of calories per day, if you have a craving to eat that giant cheeseburger containing 1,000 calories but you see that note with your daily calorie goal of 1,600 calories, you will probably be less likely to give in.
Track Your Progress
Tracking progress is also another place where many individuals may fall short. Tracking your overall progress not only lets you see how far you have come and where you need to go but it is also somewhat of a reward for maintaining your goals. In order to do this, each time you stick to your weight loss goals, write it down and put a checkmark by it. If you had a day where you didn’t quite stick to your goals, write it down and put a red X by it.
At the end of each week go back and see how many check marks and X’s you have. This will act as either a reward as mentioned above or it will allow you to re evaluate your goals in order to move forward.
Get a Training Partner
Having someone to hold you accountable can go a long way. Not only can a training partner hold you accountable but having one can also make the weight loss process much more fun. This is because you have someone to share your progress and concerns with as well as someone who can give you advice and support.
A training partner can either be a trainer or someone who is losing weight with you. Either way you should pick a partner that will keep you motivated and helps you stay on track. Do not pick a partner that will fall off the wagon and drag you down with them. Also, do not be this training partner to someone else.
So, before you set out on your weight loss journey and goal setting, stop and go over these steps. They will help you stay on track and on your way to achieving your goals. If you do happen to fall off track, go back over the list, reevaluate your goals and keep moving forward.