When it comes down to losing weight, setting goals can make the difference between success and failure. Goals can help you
be more focused and motivated throughout your weight loss quest. They can also help you set up a plan for your transition
into a healthier lifestyle. However, when setting your goals, be sure to keep them realistic. Expecting too much too fast
will only result in disappointment and failure.
Aiming for realistic weight loss is key. Losing weight is not an overnight miracle; it is a slow and steady process.
If you want your goals to be realistic you should expect to lose only 1-2 pounds each week. The way to achieve this
is to burn 500 to 1000 calories more than you consume in a given day. You can burn these excess calories by dieting
and exercise. Another helpful tool in weight loss is a journal. Keep a journal for yourself in order to maintain a
precise plan of your goals and expectations. Write down your menus; write down how you are going to get started,
write down what you will need to succeed; basically, anything and everything that has to do with your fitness and
After you successfully start a journal with realistic goals remember to start out small. Do not expect to lose 10
pounds in the first week alone. That type of weight loss is unrealistic and unhealthy. Focus on your small goals first.
Starting out too intensely or too vigorously will only lead to discomfort and failure, so be sure to start out small.
Accomplishing your small goals will give you the motivation to commit to the more difficult weight loss tasks.
Once you have mastered this healthy routine, you will no longer need to rely upon constant motivation as a means
of weight loss success.