Top 5 reasons to set SMART goals for weight loss

Top 5 reasons to set SMART goals for weight loss

Here are 5 reasons to set SMART goals for weight loss.

1. A SMART goal has a much better chance of being attained.

A SMART goal is specific, measurable, and realistic. Look at the difference between a vague goal and a SMART goal:

    • Ordinary goal: I will start exercising this week.
    • SMART Goal: I will walk on my treadmill at home for 30 minutes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning at 8:00am.
“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” ~Brian Tracy

2. The SMARTer your goal, the less room for loopholes.

A SMART goal declares exactly what it is you will achieve. There is no room to guess or justify whether or not you’ve achieved it.

3. A SMART goal is focused on actions vs. results.

Weight loss is the result of your actions; therefore it’s important to set goals based on your actions.

The only way to permanently change your weight is to permanently change your actions or behavior. Our approach to weight loss.

4. A SMART goal is realistic.

You will only achieve a goal if it’s realistic in the first place. If a goal is unrealistic, chances are you won’t achieve it and will only feel disappointed in yourself.

5. A SMART goal has a deadline.

Without a deadline, there is no sense of urgency to achieve your goal. You can easily say “I’ll do it tomorrow”.

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” ~Spanish Proverb

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