Setting SMART Goals for Weight Loss

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When it comes to weight loss and making healthy changes, you have to be SMART. I am not just talking about being more knowledgeable in the area, but you have to apply SMART goals, which is an acronym for specific, measurable, accountable, realistic, and timeframe. All five of these things will help you set and keep your weight loss goals this year.

Specific: Setting vague goals will keep you from accomplishing them. Just think about it. How many years have you been saying you wanted to lose weight or to take a vacation? Vagueness does not give our minds something to aim for. When setting weight or health goals, be as specific as possible. Write down what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it.

Measurable: The best weight-loss or health goals can be measurable. Measurable goals are ones like “lose fifteen pounds” or to “drink ten glasses of water a day.”  As you can see, they are much easier to accomplish than open-ended, immeasurable goals, such as “be skinny” or “drink more water.”  You want to know when you reach your goal. 

Accountable: If you are not accountable for your goals, then you may not follow through with them. Accountability can come in many different forms, through online tools, friends, or even diet bets. Pick an accountability tool that will keep you on track.

Realistic: No matter what type of goals you want to set, you have to be realistic. You can desire to be 125 pounds all you want, but if your body frame is healthiest at 140 pounds, then you should be realistic about your goals. Also, it is not realistic to set huge goals in small timeframes.

Timeframe: Even though it is not realistic to set huge goals in small timeframes, it is still very wise to set timeframes on your goals. If your goal is to lose ten pounds, yet you never put a timeframe on it, it can take your two years longer than you wanted to take. Instead, set a healthy and realistic deadline on your goals to help you push towards the goal. If you don’t reach your goal by the deadline, that is okay too. This allows you to see which areas you need to work on.

When it comes to losing weight, there is more to it then just working out and eating right. You need to set goals and implement a plan that will keep your mind and will focused, even when the scale is not moving.


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