How To Set Realistic Weight Loss Goals
How To Identify How Much Excess Weight You Have
Why Does the Weight Loss Community Hate the BMI So Much
Stop Letting Your Weight Hurt You
Life Imitates Art, So Start Drawing
Picture your most amazing version of You, and draw or write that vision.
Shift Your Mind to Set Realistic Weight Loss Goals
Take A Look At Your Life As It Really Is Now
Compare How Your Dream With Your Reality
You now have your dream and your reality laid out. What are the things missing from your dream that are present in your reality?
And what is in your dream by missing in your reality?
The things that are missing from your dream that are present in your reality are the things you need to stop doing
The things that are missing from your reality that are present in your dream are the things you need to start doing.
It’s why the more detailed you can be about your dreams and your reality as you write or draw them, the better of a tool you are creating.
These are the blueprints for how to set realistic weight loss goals.
Your dreams are realistic. Nothing is too outrageous.
Create A Reasonable Timeline To Reach Your Dream
Now, we can start talking about the realistic part of how to set realistic weight loss goals.
Timing is everything.
While I was able to lose more than 170 pounds in a single year, I had to take drastic measures to get that timeframe to work. Gastric bypass is major surgery.
The first month after my gastric bypass, I lost 31 pounds. In one month.
So, I had some awesome weight loss, but I was exhausted. And I lost muscle mass and hair. It was not an easy route to weight loss.
But for me, it was absolutely worth it!
Other options are sleeve or gastric balloon. These are different options that will help you lose the excess weight. But they aren’t for everyone.
If you aren’t going the route of bariatric surgery, then you need to aim for about 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week.
So, if you need to lose 50 pounds, you will need to realistically set aside 25 weeks. That’s roughly six and a half months.
But, the good news? You likely won’t lose your hair. Or have excess skin.
But, you might not be as big as I was, either.
Use SMART As A Guide To Set Realistic Weight Loss Goals
In the business world we follow the SMART guide for goal setting:
Specific: The weight you want to lose
Measurable: Using your bathroom scale (Learn how to use your bathroom scale for weight loss here) or pant size
Attainable: Do you need gastric bypass to reach your goals like I did? (check out my YouTube video for how I lost 170 pounds) Or will you be able to lose 1-2 pounds a week to reach your goal?
Realistic: I know you’re told not to dream about being like your favorite celebrity. But why not? I reached some crazy dreams I never thought possible. The impossible turned out to be realistic for me. I’m going to only encourage you to be who you want to be.
But if you have half your body weight to lose, you might need medical assistance. This is where I’ll say we need to think about being realistic. Can you do this alone or do you need help?
Timely: This is where we need to talk about how FAST you want to reach your goals. If you’re dedicated, and stick to your eating and exercise plan, you can do this fairly quickly. With weight loss surgery, you could reach your goals in a year.
But if you have more than 200 pounds of excess weight to lose, you need to plan for longer than a year. Be realistic about the timing.
Keep Going! You Can Set Realistic Weight Loss Goals!
Whatever you stick your mind to, you can achieve. Just don’t give up. Check out the Think and Lose Weight Series to help learn the principles to achieve your weight loss goals!
Happy Weight Loss! <3