Whether your goal is to lose a few or a lot of extra pounds, one of the first things you need to consider is setting some realistic goals. By setting small goals that are easy to reach, this will help you to stay focused on your long term goals.
Goals can be simple, such as losing a few pounds a week, doing more physical exercise, or just leading a healthier lifestyle. Achieving goals such as fitting into a smaller size clothing, or just feeling better and having more energy, can be extremely rewarding. Some suggestions for setting weight loss goals include planning, activating, achieving and tracking.
Planning and researching
One of the first steps you should consider is to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor can give you some helpful suggestions and tell you where to find more information on weight loss. The doctor may even have some helpful diet pamphlets available.
Next, make sure you have a calorie counter book so that you can keep track of just how many calories you are consuming a day. Then you should decide on how many calories a day would be the right amount for you to plan in your daily diet. Gather as much information about nutrition and diets as you possibly can. The better informed you are, the more likely you are to be successful in your quest to lose weight.
Another thing to plan on is how you will increase your physical activity on a daily basis. You may find it helpful to have a family member or friend that would like to work out together. This can help you to motivate each other and it is much more enjoyable to work out together. Decide what time of day suits you the best to exercise. If you hate getting up early, chances are you may have more success by waiting till later in the day. Think about what foods you may find it hard to resist and plan what you will do if you should give into the temptation of a certain food.
One other thing that you might want to consider is joining a weight loss group, such as weight watchers. You may find that it is easier to attain your weight loss goals with the support of others with the same goals.
Activating your plan
Now it it time to actually put your plan in action. First, decide when is the best time for you to begin. Check out your written plan and start off with a good healthy breakfast such as cereal with fruit. Then begin to follow through with your exercise program. Start with small daily goals which should help you reach your long term goals. Each small goal that you reach should encourage you to keep working toward your final goal.
Focus and track your progress
Focus on staying on course every day by focusing on your smaller goals. Keeping track of how many pounds you have lost can keep you motivated and moving to the next goal. You can also keep track of your exercise program and maybe keep increasing the amount of exercise you are doing. It also may be helpful to keep track of your eating habits and your daily calorie intake. Focusing and keeping track of your process will provide you with a picture of how well you are doing at meeting your weight loss goals.
As you adhere to your written plan, and focus on your daily goals, you should start to see that you are achieving results. You may see that your clothes are fitting better or that you are feeling better and have more energy. Achieving these things will encourage you to continue with your weight loss program until you finally reach your final goal.
Anyone who is serious about losing weight should consider setting goals. Planning, researching, activating and focusing should help most people to be able to reach their weight loss goals sooner than they may think possible.