When starting a weight loss journey, most people have a goal weight in mind. While doctors and weight loss organizations typically rely on the BMI chart, which is based on height, this may not be suitable for everyone. At Healthi, we encourage individuals to determine their own goal weight, as long as it is realistic and attainable in a healthy manner. Here are some tips to help you set the right goal:
- Choose a goal that you are likely to achieve without starving yourself.
- Ensure that your goal is attainable and not out of reach.
- Start with a small goal and then set a new one after you have achieved it. Little goals are much easier to attain, and breaking it down into smaller steps can ease the pressure.
- Avoid setting time limits for yourself, as trying to lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time can lead to feelings of failure.
- Replace unhealthy foods with healthier options to help you develop healthy eating habits that you can maintain long-term.
- Keep track of your progress and learn from your successes and failures.
It is important to choose a realistic goal weight, as regaining lost weight can be more devastating than never losing it in the first place. When I lost weight and finally kept it off, I chose a higher goal to avoid overwhelming myself. It is also essential to pick a goal that is livable and suitable for you long-term, even if it may not align with the BMI chart. Losing weight can have both physical and psychological benefits, so setting an achievable goal is the best way to pick the right number on the scale.