The New Year is a time for resolutions and new beginnings. Did you set a goal to lose weight this January? Many people choose to set weight loss goals for themselves, but often these goals are unrealistic and difficult to achieve. By the end of the month, our motivation may be flagging.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to set a weight loss goal that you can actually achieve! We will go over tips on creating a realistic goal, setting a deadline, and tracking your progress. Let’s get started!

1.  Decide how much weight you want to lose.

Realistic weight loss occurs gradually and consistently over time. A good rule of thumb is to set a goal of losing 1-2 pounds per week. To help you determine a realistic goal, talking with your doctor or registered dietitian can be incredibly helpful.

2.  Set a timeframe for your goal.

After you’ve determined how many pounds you hope to lose, set a timeframe for your goal. This will help hold you accountable and make sure that you’re actually progressing towards your intention. A realistic time frame for most people’s weight loss goals is 6-12 months.

3.  Create a plan of action.

Now that you have decided how much weight you want to lose and created a timeline for your goal, it is time to develop a plan of action. This plan should include what dietary changes you will make and what new exercise routine you will follow in order to shed the pounds. It is important to be as specific as possible when creating your plan so that sticking to it becomes easier.

4.  Make sure your plan is realistic.

It’s crucial to double-check that your plan of action is realistic before beginning. By “realistic,” I mean something you can actually finish within the timeline you’ve set for yourself. Having an impossible goal will only make it harder to stay on track and more discouraging overall.

5.  Set smaller goals along the way.

Weight loss works best when you break your overarching goal into more manageable pieces. By creating a series of mini-goals, you can stay motivated and better gauge your progress.  For example, if you hope to lose 20 pounds in 6 months time, try setting a goal to lose 5 pounds each month for the first 3 months. Then, up the ante by aiming to drop 10 pounds per month during the final stretch.

6.  Find someone to support you on your journey.

If you’re trying to lose weight, it can be really helpful to have someone supporting you throughout your journey. This person could be a friend, family member or professional such as a personal trainer or registered dietitian.

Setting and beating your goals

So, these are some tips on how to set a weight loss goal that you can actually achieve. Remember to be realistic in your goals, set a timeframe, and create a plan of action. 

Additionally, make sure to break your goal down into smaller goals to stay motivated and gauge your progress. Lastly, find someone who can support you along the way! With these tools in mind, you’re ready to crush your weight loss resolutions this year! Let 2023 be the year of the healthier, happier you.