Your Goal to Lose Weight & Be Healthy Isn’t Enough
It’s great to have the goal to lose weight and be healthy but unfortunately just having a goal isn’t enough.
Think back to the beginning of the year.
That’s usually when we have the most clarity about our health.
For many of us, that means weight loss. So we set out on our journey to “Lose Weight & Be Healthy“.
The desire to be healthy is a great desire but the problem with this is it’s vague.
I’d set out to lose weight. I’d use every tip I knew of and then check the scale weight every moment I could – sort of like a bad drug habit I couldn’t kick.
Technically all I’d have to do to lose weight was skip a meal or two and “BAM”, I had achieved weight loss. I never had any long term goals to motivate me, so this was the “success” I’d experience time and again.
It turns out that having a sense of progress is one of the greatest keys to happiness. But by having an unknown goal we’re setting ourselves up for failure, like an unfulfilling game with no point system or no way of winning.
Losing Weight Requires a Plan and More Specific Goals
Clear & compelling goals (or behavioral goals) can mean the real difference between success & failure.
Trying to make a significant lifestyle change without a clear goal or outcome is like setting out for a trip without a destination.
What I’ve discovered is every one of us is only a few thoughtful moments away from setting clear and compelling goals.
Try working through these few strategic questions that can help you actually achieve them:
1. Why are you doing this?
When many people set out to make a significant change in their lives you’d be surprised how few actually articulate the “Why” behind the “What”.
You want to lose weight? Great. But why?
Is it because your pants are feeling a little tight or is it because you want to feel great, have more energy and be in the best shape of your life?
Greater reasons tend to get greater results.
Start with why: make it clear and make it motivational.
2. Make Your Goals Measurable
What is the goal? Since we now know that wanting to “Lose weight & be healthy” is a sloppy aspiration, what is the specific target you’re aiming for?
I want to lose 25 pounds. I want to lose 5% body fat.
Whatever it is, make it measurable.
Also, measurable goals should be realistic. Losing 20 pounds is a better goal than losing 100 because of the time it takes to lose 20 versus the time it takes to lose 100.
3. Set a Specific Time for Achieving Your Goal
We’ve all been guilty of the someday syndrome.
For many of us, it’s the only mindset we have. Change this. Set a date and work towards it.
I will lose 25 pounds by the 12th December 2013
This also needs to be realistic. If you say you want to lose 14 pounds in two weeks, this isn’t realistic or a healthy way to lose weight. A better timeline is to say you’ll lose 1 or 2 pounds a week.
4. Have a Plan Attached to Your Goals
You’ve figured out your what and your why, but now it’s time for how.
There are countless strategies out there: just do some research and pick one you think will work for you.
Those that have the most success are those with a clear goal and vision of what they are moving towards.
They didn’t simply want to “lose weight” they wanted to “Lose 10 pounds in 2 months by doing A, B & C“.
Macro Counting can be a great way to achieve your weight loss goals because it teaches a specific system for figuring out how much you should be eating and then teaches you to track the foods you eat.
Whichever way you set out to achieve your weight loss and health goals, make sure you set yourself up to win by establishing clear achievable goals, have a solid plan in place for achieving them, and fully understand why you want or need to.