Sensible Weight Loss Goals

Saturday, October 25, 2008

5 Ways to Set Sensible Weight Loss Goal

Resolve to lose slowly
Medically, most clinicians would say goals of losing five to 10 percent (of your start weight) are achievable.

So if you weigh 200 pounds, a reachable target would be to lose 10 to 20 pounds.

Do the math.
A realistic goal is losing 1 to 2 pounds a week to stay healthy.

That means being realistic about your time frame. If you need to lose 25 pounds, figure you are embarking on at least a three-month program. Fifty pounds? Assume a time frame of at least six months. Aim to burn 500 to 1000 calories a day either by eating less, exercising more, or both.

Set short term goals.
Reach for minimilestones. Instead of focusing on just losing 25 pounds, go for and celebrate that first 5-pound loss.

Track your progress.
Record your successes in a way that works for you. Take advantage of online programs (like Spark People), use a notebook, or keep a journal. Whatever keeps you on track.

Think about long-term goals.
It's OK to think big, but it may mean starting small and working towards a big goal.

So if your long-term goal is losing 50 pounds in a year, for example, maybe your short-term goal is getting through the day without eating too much.

There's an old saying: Lose it slowly, 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.

And 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.
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  • GAGGS.
    l enjoyed reading your blog it contained good and useful information which will be added into my weight loss strategies to change my life . Thank-you and God Bless you . Gary .
    4561 days ago
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    Good advice. Thank you emoticon
    4573 days ago
    Such good advice - I appreciate you sharing this with all of us out there who need to be reminded. We need each other and it works when we listen and offer advice of what we have been through. I am Thankful for SP. I have tried to lose weight in the past and did it for a while but this time I feel it really is life changing for me. I have said it this week before but it is so true - I feel thinner at 156 (this week) than I did at 102 many many years ago - SP helps the self esteem and makes us believe we really can lose the weight and keep it off.
    I admire your diligence and hard work - you go girl - keep it up...

    Thanks again. emoticon
    4574 days ago
    Setting sensible goals is so important. Recently I became aware of how I THOUGHT I could lose 100 pounds in a year. As the year's end got closer, I got more discouraged. I've lost 65 pounds since Christmas last year. Somehow that didn't seem like enough. I was still losing slowly but it didn't seem like enough. Once I let that go, I was again happy with myself and my journey. there is so much attitude involved with weight loss. We can be our own worst enemies sometimes. Thanks for the reminder. it really is important to rethink your goals from time to time.
    4575 days ago
    I loved this blog! It took me five months to lose thirty lbs, and I've kept it off for a year. I've lost twenty to thirty lbs before in a month or two, and regained it all back, lickity split! I'm also much smaller this time around, because I didn't just lose all of my muscle in my self sabotaging diet of doom like I did before, I took it slow...and burned FAT while keeping my muscle. I weigh at least ten lbs more than I did in HS, yet I wear the next clothing size DOWN. Totally worth the slooooow burn. :)
    4575 days ago
    Ahmen. Thank you.
    4575 days ago
    thank you for this blog post. Because i keep think about losig large amount in x amount of time and getting stressed out. I di lose 2 pounds in 2 weeks so Im on the right road. Thanks for sharing emoticon
    4575 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/26/2008 1:39:28 AM
    I really enjoyed reading this blog. This is where I am - working on changing my habits. I agree that having smaller goals for myself has helped and continues to help me develop healthier eating habits. Thank you for sharing! emoticon
    4575 days ago
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