Have you ever gone on a diet and set unrealistic fitness goals for yourself? Maybe it was something like, “lose 10 pounds in 24 hours” or “run a marathon in 10 days”, even though you’ve never run in your life. Well, today we’re going to learn how to set the right kind of fitness and health goals.
These kind of unrealistic goals is what typically keeps your weight fluctuating up and down.
One day you’re fully committed, and the next day you’re completely overwhelmed.
This year, commit to setting goals the right way.
Focus on long term success when you’re planning your goals.
It’s better to have a weight loss program that you plan to keep up permanently.
You don’t want to lose weight quickly, then gain it right back.
Start with goals and habits that you can implement and will contribute to your weight loss.
Factors That Derail Your Goals
Stress eating is a major source of diet failure.
Aim to keep your stress lower this year.
Learn how to lessen or manage your stress so that you don’t turn to food whenever a bad situation arises.
Another diet failure stems from a lack of sleep.
If you’re running on fumes every day, it’s going to lower your metabolism.
Lack of sleep can cause you to reach for sugary, caffeine-laden snacks and drinks.
These foods artificially give you energy, only to make you crash a short time later.
This kind of rollercoaster makes you eat to get through your day.
So work on your sleep regimen by implementing proper sleep hygiene.
Stick to a schedule that gives you plenty of rest to get through your day without help from unhealthy snacks.
Examine What You Eat
Next, focus directly on your nutrition.
Make small changes, rather than drastic ones.
Pick a new habit to implement each week.
Try incorporating portion control or eating less sugar or sodium.
It’s okay if you choose to track calories or other elements, if that works better for you.
Set your goals the right way, though.
Don’t go from a diet of 3,500 calories a day to 800 calories.
You’ll be miserable and hungry!
Instead, curb your calorie intake a little at a time over the course of a few weeks.
The excess weight should drop off effortlessly.
Add a little exercise to your schedule at a time.
If you haven’t exercised in a while, or ever, slowly add some sort of exercise to your schedule.
Set a doable goal of walking a mile or do thirty minutes of cardio.
As you gain more confidence and continue in the routine, keep raising the time limits and distance.
Don’t try to run before you can walk.
Not only will you burn out quickly, but you could injure yourself.
Learning how to set the right kind of fitness and health goals will help you eat better, sleep better and moving your body.