Setting Goals for Weight Loss

Woman showing waist size after reaching weight loss goals

Setting weight loss goals may be one of the best things you can do to lose weight. Creating well-planned, realistic goals will keep you focused and motivated, even when busy schedules and unexpected opportunities to eat treats try to shatter your weight loss dreams. Setting goals can also help you make lifestyle changes as you transition into a lower-calorie, healthier lifestyle. 

While setting reasonable and attainable goals can make losing weight more accessible and more effective, many people find it hard to create such purposes.

Setting Weight Loss Goals

Create weight loss goals that reflect your needs and desires

Never try to lose weight for someone else – take this critical step for your health and well-being. When you have achieved your weight loss goals, it will be your victory.

Set relevant goals

Create goals that reflect where you are in life. Do not try to get the perfect beach body if you don’t live near the water and never wear a skimpy bathing suit, for example, but feel free to set that lofty goal if you have always wanted to scamper across the sand in a sleek Speedo or teeny-weeny bikini.

Identify any factors that might prevent you from reaching your goals.

Certain events, such as holidays, can feature high calorie treats that tempt you to stray from your diet. To maximize your chances of reaching your weight loss goals, and still enjoy your life, plan your diet and exercise routine around these events. Eat low-calorie meals before holiday dinners, for example, or schedule an extra day at the gym.

Aim for measurable goals

Try to avoid vague goals, like “lose weight this year.” Instead, try to set a measurable goal, like losing 5 percent of your body weight in three months, or even just a set number, like 15 pounds in 2 months.

Use a calendar

Everyone’s body is different, so one person might lose weight a little faster than someone else, and using a weight loss calendar can help you figure out how much weight you need to lose each week. Keeping track of your weight loss also helps inspire you to continue working towards your goal.

Mark the start date and end date of your weight loss diet. Note your starting weight on the start date; write down your desired weight on the end date. Weigh yourself every day; write your weight on the calendar once a week.

Set short-term goals and long-term goals

While focusing on the long-term goal helps you focus on the big picture, long-term goals can seem too far away or also challenging to achieve. Setting and achieving short-term goals can provide feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction along the way. If your goal outcome is to lose 20 pounds throughout several months, break it into smaller goals of losing two pounds each week.

Know what low-calorie foods to eat while dining out

It is nearly impossible to avoid eating out throughout the entire duration of your weight loss diet. Learn which foods to order in restaurants to stay on track towards your weight loss goals.

Set attainable goals

The American Council on Exercise suggests aiming at losing 1 to 2 pounds per week. If you are like many people, you may lose that much and more during the first few weeks of your weight loss diet but lose less weight during the final weeks of your diet. With the help of our personalized weight loss program, though, you may set a larger goal and lose more weight faster. A weight-loss specialist can help you sustain a weight loss diet for a longer time to continue to lose weight longer than you ever thought possible.

Get help from a professional

Medical weight loss doctors can help you set attainable, reasonable, and measurable goals. They can also provide you with expertise and medical assistance you need to reach your goals safely and effectively. You can lose all the weight you need by setting goals and taking small steps to reach those goals. For more information about setting and achieving weight loss goals, talk with your medical weight loss doctor or contact us today.