Tips for Properly Setting Realistic Weight Loss Goals

Learning how to set realistic weight loss goals should be the first thing you understand before tackling weight loss. Usually, having a specific goal in mind, is unintentionally the first thought you have before considering your actual taking part in such a healthy driven life style.

You don’t contemplate a life-style changing routine without having an idea of what you want the outcome to be, resulting from that change. As you will no doubt soon discover, the way you go about creating your own goals could have tremendous influences on the obstacles you face on your way to reaching that goal.

♦ Specific

Don’t be too vague. Realistic weight loss goals you consider need to be as specific as possible so you fully understand what you’re working toward and how to reach it. Setting a goal to “lose weight” or “build muscle” leaves to many questions to be answered, and will cause complications. Do you want to lose the love handles, or work on those biceps?

♦ Measurable

If your weight loss goal isn’t measurable, how will you know when you’ve succeeded? It could be calorie intake, inches lost, fitting into an outfit, pounds dropped, or even pounds added to the one rep max. Keep track of this progress in an online or writing notebook. Being involved and watching the progress will boost excitement and confidence. If you don’t start recording your progress; I can guarantee you will regret that decision later.

♦ Accountable

Keeping track of what you eat should be a given. Learn your most efficient method of keeping track of calories and macronutrients (carbs, fats, and proteins). Don’t over complicate this simple and helpful tool. Just record the amount of calories and macronutrients of every single meal or snack you eat.

I use a notebook app on my phone, and it makes knowing exactly what I put in my body simple. Have you ever gone to sleep having no recollection of what you ate that day? I know I have.

Having this information is essential, it’s not a choice. First, just focus on maintaining a consistent, healthy daily calorie intake to help prevent accidental over or under eating.

Then just slowly cut back, even if it’s only 100 calories. If you can’t figure out the amount of calories or macronutrients in the food you eat, don’t forget you can look up the nutrition facts online.

Do Not Compare Your Weight Loss Goals With Others

No two realistic weight loss goals are the same. You’ll never be able to discover the life-style routine that works best for you if you’re comparing yourself to others, or by implementing what you’ve seen others do, expecting to have the same results from it.

Its not our position to determine the health and well being of any unique human being aside from ourselves. Just because the lady or gentleman next to you doesn’t have that shredded six pack like yourself, does not mean they wont outlive you by a long shot.

The point is, envying others is pointless. Each and every person on the planet requires a different ratio of nutrients and physical activity than the next. The human body is the most complex and undisclosed monarch of everlasting studies. We have never created or discovered anything so complex, at least nothing known by the general public.

Unusually Rapid Weight Loss Scenarios Explained

First of all, we all have our opinions on whats considered fast weight loss, slow weight loss, and everything in between. I am going to share my 2 cents on scenarios of unnaturally rapid weight loss, as quick and simple as possible.

Firstly, the more overweight you are, the faster the numbers on the scale will decline, but the more weight that’s lost the slower that progress becomes.

Why is this you might wonder?

For one, obese people have a much greater mass that requires much more energy, along with more calories than someone at a lower weight would burn performing the same activity.

Since every involuntary working system in the body burns calories to keep functioning. As you can imagine, the larger the vessel, the more maintenance required to keep functioning properly.

The obese have to raise their daily calorie intake to get the same nutrients to feel healthy as someone with a smaller physique.This also means, someone who is obese is passively burning more calories every minute to compensate.

Depending on what your realistic weight loss goals are and where your current body weight stands, losing one pound a week is impressive progress. This would only not be the case if you are on the high end of the overweight scale wherein your weekly losings should be much greater.

Don’t forget to account for water weight as well. If you’re starting to get into exercising and sweating after many years of nonconsecutive water intake, high sodium intake, and low activity levels you could see as much as a pound a day being burned off.

Everyone will experience this sudden drop at the beginning due to the quick loss of water through sweating and increased water intake. Some will see more loss than others just depending on the body you were given. Unfortunately, this exciting progress quickly comes to a halt in a week or two when your body reaches normal healthy water levels.

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Losing Weight is Unbelievably Exhausting & Tedious

I hope you’re coming to the realization that reaching your own weight loss goals and desired level of healthiness to live that long happy life you crave so much requires more patience and dedication than you’ve ever put forth before. The battle is exhausting and tedious, but the rewards pay back ten fold.

Starting out you must possess the proper knowledge of the basics regarding health and fitness, along with the ability to accurately observe the development of your physique to determine what works best for your particular situation.

Observing the way your body changes to certain diet plans and exercise regimens will help narrow down the necessary work so you don’t waste valued time eating the wrong foods and performing pointless exercises that could probably be replaced by a regimen more suited for you.

If you don’t know the difference between the muscle groups being used during a push up vs those used during a pull up, I recommend you do more research on weight lifting before you think about a gym membership.

I also recommend having a basic understanding of why nutrients (i.e. carbs, fats, and proteins) are important, and what nutrients are found in certain food groups. If this sounds foreign to you, continue to study up, and begin applying what you learn when you can if you really want to reach your weight loss goal.

Set short term achievements you know you can accomplish. Let these achievements be the oxygen that keeps you lit and drives you to continue moving toward your sensible goal. When you reach a short term goal, recollection of progress will supercharge your determination.

You can’t build a skyscraper on a mud foundation. Take it slow, and do it right.

If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge on the basic fundamentals of a healthy life style, including the areas regarding nutrition and supplementation, in which I have provided beneficial information that will help you understand the proper way of taking on weight loss, so you don’t waste your time going in the wrong direction.

Even if you feel you aren’t ready to commit to the changes, you should never stop expanding your knowledge. When you are ready to begin the lifestyle changes necessary to reach your preferred figure and well being, you’ll be ahead of the game and ready to get it done with minimal obstacles and mistakes.

8 Thoughts to “Tips for Properly Setting Realistic Weight Loss Goals”

  1. Brec

    Thank you Dalton for your wisdom.

  2. Vinnie Prasad

    Hey Dalton,

    You offer some really great advice on losing weight. I know a lot of us get caught up on diets that have worked for our friend or family members. But you’re right by saying it might not necessarily work for us as we all have different body types, BMR, activity levels and etc.

    I think best it is to experiment and see what works and what doesn’t.

    Great post and i found this really informative to read and learn from.

  3. Michael

    Thank you for this informative article. I have been on quite a few weight loss programs myself and with each of them I managed to loose weight rather rapidly during the first few days, only to see it becoming slower and slower and with that my enthusiasm also waned. I could never understand why this was so but now I finally understand it’s because of the initial quick loss of water in the body. Makes a lot of sense now…

    1. Thanks Michael, I am happy to help.

  4. Mark Pritchard

    I found the information very interesting and encouraging, because so often we do compare ourselves to others. It is good to be reminded that we are so individual and our bodily requirements differ greatly, so it is crucial to do what is right for our own body. I personally have always taken my health and wellness very seriously, so it is great to see that there is some very valuable information out there to help others in their quest for optimum health and wellness, as it is so closely related to our psychological wellbeing. So the better we feel physically, the more we will be able to be positive and apply ourselves well in everything else we do.

    1. Thank You so much Mark! So happy to know visitors are understanding my content, and what I am trying to do. Everyone deserves a fight chance at a healthy and happy life, but they just need to know how. Thank you again.

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