Setting Weight Loss Goals

It can be really hard to stay motivated when starting a new diet or exercise routine. One thing we cannot stress enough is the importance of setting goals to stay motivated. Why? There are so many reasons that setting goals can keep you on track to your new lifestyle. The first, is that if you set a goal, you won’t want to let yourself down. It gives you something to work toward and gives you a sense of direction. If you have goals, you are more likely to accomplish things faster. With that said, just because you set a goal doesn’t always mean you will reach it – whether it be a lack of motivation or a lack of time. But we want you to accomplish your goals! Here are a few simple tips to follow when thinking about  setting your goals.

Set realistic goals. If you set a goal that’s unrealistic, you’ll begin to get discouraged when that goal can’t be met.  For example, a realistic goal is losing about 1 to 2 pounds a week to stay healthy. So, If you need to lose 25 pounds, figure you are embarking on at least a three month program; Fifty pounds- at least six months.  “Lose it slowly to keep it off.” This adage makes sense for at least one reason: Losing weight slowly means you’ve had time to adopt new behaviors, like eating less and exercising more. When you focus on the process of changing your habits-not just on losing weight- those new and healthier habits will be a big boost in helping you attain your weight loss goals. Plus, you’ll keep the weight off because you won’t fall back into old habits.  Aim to burn 500 to 1000 calories a day either by eating less, exercising more, or both.Try this website to find out how many calories your body is burning per day:  http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php

Think about long term goals. You need to think about why you’re doing what you’re doing. Is your long term goal to lose 20 lbs. , Run a 5k, or just feel better and more energetic? Long term goals keep you motivated for the long haul.

Start Small. Although it’s important to plan long term goals, those may not keep you motivated day-to-day. Setting short-term goals will keep you on track from one day to the next and make it almost impossible to procrastinate. If your long term goal is to lose 20 lbs in 5 months, Start by setting a short term goal of 5 lbs. in 3 weeks; and when you reach that short term goal, reward yourself somehow! Just make sure your reward isn’t food – you don’t want to break your diet.

And lastly, record your progress! Keep a journal or if you have a smart phone, download a fitness tracking app. (My Fitness Pal is a good one for iPhones) – whatever works for you. Not only will seeing your progress help you stay motivated, but you’ll be able to see if you’re actually reaching your goals.

Your body can burn fat faster and easier if it is nourished with the vitamins and minerals it needs. Find out what your body needs to be in perfect harmony at: http://naturescomplete.com/

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