Losing weight is never an easy task, but the health benefits are immense if you set the right goals. Losing weight can help you have more energy, less joint pain, and a better night’s sleep. Setting goals can help you lose weight and keep it off in a healthy way. Try these steps for creating weight loss goals that help you stay focused and motivated.
- Take it slow! Studies show that people who lose weight gradually and steadily are more successful at keeping weight off than people who try to diet fast and quick.
- Think Long-Term. Short-term and long-term goals can help you work toward a healthier lifestyle. But if you aim to develop lifestyle habits, those will help you keep your weight in a healthy range now and in the future. Healthy weight loss means having a lifestyle that includes long-term changes in eating and exercise habits.
- Start Small. Break down your long-term goals into a series of smaller, short-term goals to make your plan more manageable and to help keep you accountable. For instance, if your goal is to lose 25 pounds in three months, you might have different goals for each month. You could aim for 10 pounds in the first month and 8 pounds in each of the next two months because early weight loss can be easier at first.
- Focus on the Benefits- Eating healthier and being more physically active is good for your overall health and wellness, even if you don’t lose weight. You can try to set goals beyond weight loss, focusing on how your body feels better and what it can do, rather than just using the number on the scale. Also consider the other things healthy eating and physical activity might do for you, like learning how to cook healthier, trying new foods, and having more energy.
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