There is so much truth in this statement, yet weight loss is often not thought of this way. You can not work out one day and expect to meet all of your goals. People often go full force into a weight loss plan and then stop after a couple of weeks because they just aren’t seeing the results. I believe I have written about this before, but I am writing again because I am so passionate about this subject.
Goal setting is something that is absolute in weight loss. However, most people set unrealistic goals which lead them to quit too soon. I wanted to go over some tips I use and have recommended to people that have really worked.
1. Set small goals first. It is okay to say ‘I want to lose 60 pounds by next year.” In saying that, you need to understand it may take exactly that long to lose that weight in a healthy way. What may be easier is to say, “In 1 month I want to be able to run for 5 straight minutes.” or “In 2 weeks I want to be able to lift 5 pounds more than I am now.” These goals are things that are easily attainable but still far enough away that you have something to work toward, and will feel amazing when you have reached.
2. Focus on the way you look and feel, not the scale. This is a BIG one here! For instance, I just started training regularly again and eating right. I had lost about 35 pounds before and put on a good bit of muscle but lost definition when I took time off from working out. Now that I am back into it I am not losing weight according to the scale, its actually going up. All my clothes are fitting more loosely and I can tell that I physically look different. I know I am losing fat but I am gaining muscle at the same time. This leads to the next tip…
3. A pound of muscle and a pound of fat are the same!I have heard that phrase more than enough, “A pound of fat is more than a pound of muscle.” Does that even make sense?! Here is what needs to be said, a pound of fat takes up more room in your body than a pound of muscle. Muscle is a lot more lean that fat therefore taking up much less space. Meaning the scale can show you weigh the same but if your body looks different then you are doing things right.
4. Be smart. When you have set a smaller goal for yourself, please reach that goal healthily. Starving yourself won’t help, being in the gym 5 hours a day won’t help. All those things will do it give you instant successes and long term disappointments. Also, be smart in your goals. Do not set unreachable goals just to push yourself, in the long run you will probably end up hurting your body more than helping it.