The Importance Of Commitment And Reasonable Goal Setting For Weight Loss
Losing weight is very challenging, but it is attainable. You can only attain your goal weight if you finally set your objectives and committed yourself to it. We all know how hard commitment is – it’s hard to be committed to something when there are so many distractions. The same goes with losing weight. You may have the plan, resources, and support but without a heartfelt commitment to walking the extra mile, success may be fleeting.
Before anything else, before proceeding to your first day of fitness, let’s discuss the importance of the two make-or-break factors of weight loss – goal setting and commitment.
Why is goal setting important?
You can’t just go run, workout or plan your diet as soon as you wake up and realize you want to shed some extra pounds. You can’t just wander aimlessly without a goal. Before all things, goal setting comes first.
Goal setting requires the establishment of concrete, achievable and attainable objectives. With goal setting, you cement your plans. The more real your goals appear to you, the more motivated you are to achieve your goal. Also, the more well-planned your goals are, the more actionable it is.
Firstly, ask yourself if you need to lose more weight. Is it for aesthetic purposes or health purposes? Assess yourself. This is the most important step. After assessing yourself (if you think you need to lose weight), set your goals. They should be specific, measurable and attainable. Your goal weight should be numerically accurate. Second, it should be measurable, in the sense that, your realistic goal weight should be achievable in a practical duration of time, for example losing 15 pounds in 2 weeks or losing 20 pounds in a month. Lastly, your measurable goal should be attainable. All diets are attainable with the proper diet, and so, you diet plan should also be included in your goal setting.
Commitment is of primary importance as well.
Weight loss won’t happen without proper commitment. How can you establishment commitment to yourself?
First of all, adjust your mindset – No more ‘I’ll try,’ just ‘I can,’ and ‘I’ll do it.’
Second, get rid of unhealthy foods in your fridge such as chips, sodas, cakes, sweets, and every high-calorie food in your fridge. Don’t toss it away, give it to someone else. Get rid of all unhealthy temptations and replace it with whole foods like wheat bread, fruits, and vegetables. Of course, you could reward yourself with your comfort food once in a while.
Lastly, announce it – to your family, neighbors, friends, colleagues, etc. This builds accountability to yourself because now, everyone knows what you’re up to accomplish and they’ll completely understand and take no offense whenever you turn down invites for a pig-out.
Wrapping it all up, setting your goal and committing yourself fully to it are the primary steps to lose weight. They co-exist, meaning, your goal won’t happen when you miss either one of them.