Goal setting is a powerful force when it comes to weight loss. It can give the drive, focus and motivation you need to achieve your ideal shape.
But, sometimes goal setting can get a bit tricky.
SMART is an acronym used to help you remember the steps to setting good goals.
- S – Specific
- M – Measurable
- A – Achievable
- R – Realistic
- T– Time Related
With a rock solid, SMART goal in hand you’ll be ready to lose weight and achieve your ideal shape once and for all!
Here’s how to make your goal SMART.
Be clear-cut when setting your goal. Setting a goal to “get into better shape” isn’t going to cut it. If you want to lose weight, state exactly how much weight you want to lose.
Don’t cheat yourself on this step either. If you set a goal to lose 20 pounds but you actually want to lose 40, make losing 40 pounds your goal. One study shows that if you reach for the stars you’ll end up working harder to achieve your goals, staying more motivated and feeling happier with your results!
Your goal also needs to be measurable. This goes hand in hand with being specific. If you set a goal to simply “be more fit,” how are you supposed to know when you’ve reached your goal?
Find a way to measure your results. It can be pounds lost, dresses sizes dropped, etc. just as long as you can measure the results.
Of course, if the goals you’ve set are completely unachievable being specific and measurable don’t really matter.
Don’t set yourself up for disappointment or failure.
When it comes to weight loss, we’re impatient. We want results NOW! It’s hard to step back and be realistic with ourselves and what’s really possible.
Healthy weight loss is between one to two pounds a week. Anything more than that is both unrealistic and unhealthy.
Give yourself a deadline that NEEDS to be met! When you set your goal, choose a date that you want to achieve it by. A special event like a wedding or an exciting vacation make for a great deadline and motivator.
Without a deadline you really have no motivation to achieve your goal any time soon and it will eventually fall by the wayside.
Why Your SMART Goal Matters
To pull this all together, you want to set goals that are SMART because you will be much more successful in achieving them. The whole point of setting a goal in the first place is to make a dream a reality. When it comes to weight loss especially creating SMART goals is a great way to help you reach the finish line!
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