A lot of you probably know the idea about SMART goal setting. It can be used in different aspects of our daily lives from our careers, at school or even making simple goals and decisions at home. But how can we effectively apply this in a weight loss program? Will be beneficial as with any other SMART goal? Let’s find out.
S is for Specific. You need to set a specific goal for your weight loss plan. Do you wish to lose 50 lbs? 30? 100? The important thing is that you have a specific number or target weight to lose. This way, you can create a diet and workout plan much as well as track your progress much easier. You can base it on your age, height, availability, medical conditions, etc.
M is for Measurable. You need to apply variables that you can measure. Along with your actual weight, you can use other measurements such as your body fat percentage or by measuring your waist, hips, legs and arms. You can actually see your progress as you go along with your weight loss program. Also, this can apply to the food you eat such as computing for your daily caloric needs or percentage of nutrients such as carbohydrates and proteins.
A is for Attainable. Make sure that the goal you’re trying to reach is something that you can achieve. If you are, let’s say 5 foot 10 inches tall; don’t set a 75 pound goal. Your goal is to be healthy and not to be severely underweight and malnourished.
R is for Realistic. When engaging in diet programs and workouts, you really can’t expect to lose like 60 lbs in 1 week. Even severely obese persons who work out really hard can’t reach that goal. Set your expectations properly.
T is for Time-bound. Considering you’ve thought about the first 4 goal-setting factors above, setting time-bound goals will help you manage your program and its progress well. Achieving a weight loss goal takes time. As one of my trainers kept on telling me, “Don’t ever expect to lose the weight you’ve gained for years in just a few days.”
Finally, try to coordinate these guidelines when you have finally decided to set a goal. You can ask yourself these questions. What is your specific goal? How can you measure it? Is it a realistic goal that you can achieve within the time frame you’ve given? If the answers are clear to you, then most likely, you’ve set a SMART goal.
Just remember, your main objective in setting a weight loss goal is to be healthy. Manage your program well and set your expectations based on these guidelines. Apply this technique in your weight loss program and you’ll be able to start your program properly and it’ll be much easier track your progress. And finally, I would also suggest that you consult a medical professional or a physical trainer/nutritionist if your goal will be effective for you based on your condition.