Lose weight by setting small goals

One of the biggest issues I personally have with this whole weight loss process is that not only is it hard at times, but my goal weight just seems so far away! I bet everyone who wants to lose weight has the same problem.

Well, in this particular situation there are 2 things you can do: you can either quit and go back to being fat (I know it’s not politically correct to say that, but it’s the cold truth) or, you can continue to fight for yourself and eventually reach your goal weight and be proud you did it!

Reaching your goal weight can be a bit tough though, especially when you have to lose like, 50 pounds or more! Well, to make things easier on yourself you could set up small goals and slowly reach each of them. Once you reach one small goal, move on to the next one and so on, until you’re done! Doesn’t that sound nice?

Of course it sounds nice, but how would you go about setting up those small goals?

Well, there are two ways you could set up your smaller goals. At least I could only think about the two, maybe you can come up with a better solution.

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One way to set up small weight loss goals

Well, one way to do it is to set the number of pounds you want to lose before moving on to the next small goal.

As an example, I’ll use my own ‘numbers’. I would love to be able to reach a 125 pound weight (yeah, I’m pretty short). In order to do that, I thought that I can maybe think small and go after 2 pounds at a time. So far so good, I’ve been able to lose an average of 2 pounds a week, without being stressed all the time, without the pressure that I will never reach my ideal weight ‘in time’ and so on.

Simply by eating healthy and exercising everyday, I am currently able to shred 2 pounds a week. Once I get up on my weight scale and see I’m lighter than a week ago, I recalculate my BMR, my BMI and the calories I’d need to eat the next week. This way I’m stress free and the changes I make in my daily diet are not drastic, but consistent, week by week.

The other way to set up small weight loss goals

Well, since the first method works like a charm, I decided that, more or less, I need to lose 2 pounds a week. I say ‘need’ because I expect to see a change in my body weight every Monday morning.

By doing this, you WILL add a bit of stress to the weight loss process and if you don’t think it will pay off, it’s better to try the first method first.

I think that once the body is used to the whole weight loss process you’re putting it through, things will move at a constant pace. Once you got your body used to certain kinds of foods and a regular amount of exercise, you could try and set small goals to reach by a certain date.

If you don’t succeed, don’t get discouraged. Everyone is allowed to have a bad week or a bad couple of days. Don’t think that if you didn’t reach your goal by the date you said you would, all the effort you put in is in vain. You keep on going and you’ll see that you’ll successfully reach that goal a few days later, at max.

The secret to all these small weight loss goals is to actually set them small.

Everywhere you look, you’ll see that in order to create a calorie deficit, you can reduce you calorie intake by a maximum of 500 calories a day. Well, that’s already a 1 pound loss  in 7 days! Add some exercise to the mix and you can easily lose an average of 9-10 pounds a month.

Setting up small goals is a great idea to keep you motivated and to encourage you to keep on going. It’s always a good thing to see that you have reached a goal, no matter how small it is. Remember that weight loss is a process that takes time so, instead of waiting… and waiting… and waiting to reach your ideal weight, you could set up some small goals to reach withing a week or 10 days or however you see fit.

Have you ever tried this? Did it work?

3 Comments

  • Excellent ideas, Adi. Setting big goals: ‘will lose 30lbs’ will get your discouraged. Let’s say that losing this weight is NOT easy.

    This way you’ll probably go for all kinds of bad weight loss tactics (pills, starving yourself etc).

    Set small achievable goals and it’s already looking easier (though it’s still a serious effort). By setting to lose 1-2 lbs even/week, you allow yourself and your body to adjust to the new lifestyle. By integrating exercise into your routine and a bit of more ‘conscious’ eating, you should achieve this with flying colors.

  • That’s right, it’s the new lifestyle you need to get used to. That’s not an easy task as many think it is, so a big goal puts even more stress to the whole situation.

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