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If losing weight was easy. there’d be no need for a $20 BILLION dollar diet industry. Even though my company sells a weight loss product, the truth is that it’s going to be hard work to lose and maintain weight loss. That sounds pretty discouraging, doesn’t it? But I’m here to offer some help. The most effective “tool” I’ve found for sustainable weight loss is setting smart weight loss goals. But what makes a goal smart? Read more to find out.
Find Your Focus
Losing weight doesn’t happen overnight. What will make it happen is developing better eating habits and moving more. Those lifestyle changes need to become habits and that might take a while. In the meantime, you need to focus on practicing your new habits daily while focusing on your goal at the same time. If you have a concrete reason of why you want to lose weight you’ll find that focus easier.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself.
Do I want a long, healthy life?
Do I want to be a good example for my kids?
Will my quality of life increase if I make these changes?
Find your focus and use it to reach your goals before this new lean lifestyle becomes a habit.
Saying “I need to lose some weight” isn’t good enough. It may be harsh but you need a more specific weight loss goal. Pick a number. How many pounds do you want to lose? How many inches do you want to lose from your waist? Be specific. How will you know you’ve met your goal if you don’t know what it is?
For example, I’m not interested in a particular goal in weight. Instead, my goal is to get to a specific clothing size from a particular store. I know from their website what the specific hip and waist size is.
Celebrate Your Victories
Changing your eating habits and getting your body moving isn’t easy, especially if you’ve been a couch potato until now. Break down your goals into mini goals so that you can celebrate each milestone. So, if your goal is to lose 25 pounds in 6 months, break it down into 5 pound increments. Give yourself a pat on the back and do something nice or fun to celebrate each 5 pound loss. Don’t use food as a reward. Instead reward yourself with a new blouse or tickets to a movie or event or you can treat yourself with a spa night at home.
Don’t set your goals too high or you’ll fail. It’s ok to set a goal of losing 100 pounds but losing 100 pounds in 3 months isn’t going to happen. Instead, set yourself up for success with a goal you can reach and within a reasonable period of time.
Also don’t get too upset if you fall off the wagon every now and again. Stuff happens and sometimes that slice of pizza (or two, or three) just falls into your mouth (yeah right!). But your next step is to dust yourself off, forgive yourself, and move on.
Find an accountability partner. This should be a person on a weight loss journey as well because nothing is so annoying as weight loss advice from your skinny friend. Support and encourage each other but also call each other out when you’re binging on junk food or skipping out on exercise. Share your goals with your partner and have them hold you accountable.