The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to honestly assess your diet and exercise routine. If you’re like most people, you’d probably like to see a change in weight and overall health. Perhaps you are already taking steps to get there by buying workout gear, hitting the gym, eating more green things than ever. In order to get there, you’ll need to create some goals.
Why Setting Weight Loss Goals Matters
While self-evaluation and implementing new habits are necessary parts of losing weight, they won’t carry you very far if they are not accompanied by goals. In fact, many people who set out to lose weight fail to do so because they have not set a challenging measure for success. This can either result in doing too much too soon and burning out or being content with too little and never making a dent in that excess body fat.
It’s much easier to lose weight and remain motivated to stay the course if you have a measurable, reasonable goal in mind. Having a specific, attainable objective gives you something tangible to look forward to and can provide you with some affirmation and a sense of accomplishment as you get closer and closer to reaching it.
Creating a Realistic Diet and Exercise Plan
While the word “realistic” isn’t particularly inspiring, it is much more fulfilling to achieve a practical weight loss goal than to be perpetually disappointed by your failure to reach an unreasonable goal. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set goals that are challenging; it means you should set goals that are achievable.
When setting realistic weight loss goals, it’s just as important to consider the smaller daily changes as it is to know what number you’d like to see on the scale. If you focus on meeting those smaller daily and weekly goals, you are much more likely to achieve your weight loss objective.
Let’s start with food. When deciding on dietary changes, steer clear of diets that will shock your system and starve your body, as these nearly always throw your body into a metabolic rebound afterward, causing you to regain all the weight you lose and then some. Instead, set a daily calorie count and figure out how to meet it with healthy foods. If you can cut your daily caloric intake down by at least 500 calories, you can theoretically lose 1 lb. per week without engaging in much strenuous physical activity.
However, increasing your level of physical activity can significantly boost your metabolism, your weekly weight loss, and your chances of keeping the weight off for good, and regular exercise is essential to any weight loss plan. When making process goals, be sure your expectations of fitness and frequency of exercise are just challenging enough to motivate you.
Ask a Fort Worth Doctor About Setting Weight Loss Goals
Sometimes weight loss is made more difficult by additional health problems, bad weight loss advice, and confusion as to what a reasonable goal would be. At Primary Care Associates of Texas, we can help you evaluate your current health and create a plan to lose weight and achieve your desired level of fitness and health.
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