Weight Loss Expectations
Weight Loss Expectations
According to statistics, 90% of diets end in failure while 80% of New Year’s resolutions to lose weight fail by the second week of February. (For more on that, read here). To ensure success, you will need to set realistic weight loss expectations.
The common thing among individuals who become part of these unflattering statistics is that they all jump into dieting and exercising for weight loss with high expectations that are nearly impossible to follow through. Therefore, if you are serious about wanting to lose weight, it is essential that you formulate a weight loss plan that is reasonable for you. That will also help you set realistic weight loss expectations.
Here are 3 simple tips that will help you keep your weight loss goals realistic and possible to achieve.
#1. Find Out Your Ideal Body Weight for your weight loss expectations.
Everyone has an ideal body weight in which the body can stay healthy and function at its best. So, the first thing you should do before embarking on a weight loss journey is to figure out your ideal body weight. While there are more accurate ways of determining one’s ideal body weight such as going for a body composition scan, a more easier and cheaper way is using an online BMI (Basal Metabolic Index) calculator or applying the simple formula of “100 pounds for the first 5 ft + 5 pounds for every inch above that”. Knowing your ideal body weight gives you an idea of how much weight your body can safely shed thereby enabling you to set realistic weight loss expectations.
#2. Be Specific About Your Goals For realistic weight loss expectations.
One of the biggest mistakes that individuals looking to lose weight make is to generalize their weight loss goals. For instance, one person may start a diet and workout plan on the basis of simply losing weight or reaching their ideal body weight while another may develop a weight loss regime with the intent of getting back to his or her college weight. Such vague goals are usually difficult to follow through, as weight loss is a lengthy journey that happens in stages. Therefore, you should instead set a more specific goal such as dropping 50 or 100 pounds or a third of the amount required to reach your ideal body weight. A specific goal gives you something to work toward and therefore increases your chances of sticking to your weight loss plan.
#3. Set Reasonable Time frames
The hard truth about losing weight is that it is no easy task. You will need unwavering commitment, a good plan, and time if you are serious about losing weight. This is where setting reasonable time frames for your weight loss goal comes in. Break down your ultimate weight target into smaller mini-goals that are possible to achieve. For example, a goal of losing 50 pounds can be broken down into mini-goals of shedding 2 pounds every week. Setting mini-goals makes a colossal weight loss goal such as losing 50 pounds more achievable. What’s more, it gives you the pleasure of enjoying little victories that will help keep you fully motivated as you inch closer and closer to your targeted weight loss goal.
While losing weight is no easy task, it can be done. The trick is to keep your weight loss goals reasonable and attainable. If you have no clue on how to set realistic expectations for weight loss, start by practicing the simple tips shared in this article.
If you found this post useful, you can also catch up with my previous post on Common Weight Loss Mistakes to avoid.
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