How To Lose Fat By Creating A SMART Goal
Hey there, fit babes! Larissa here!
Have you ever wanted to lose fat - only to find yourself abandoning ship weeks or months later with little to no progress being made at all?
Trust me, you are definitely not alone!
When I first started my fitness journey, long before I became a personal trainer and soon-to-be Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I was on this “fat loss” rollercoaster more times than I can count. I’d first say that I really wanted to lose fat, then I’d try a few diets or fitness guides, and then I’d completely fall off of the routine because something just wasn’t sticking.
It wasn’t until years later that I realized what my problem was - I didn’t have a SMART goal.
Chances are, even though you may initially be determined to make all the necessary health changes to achieve your fat loss goals, you likely didn’t quite get clear on just HOW and BY WHEN you were going to achieve it. And, that’s where a SMART goal comes in.
Now, what’s a SMART goal? Creating a SMART goal is the best way to get really clear on what you want, when you want it, and how you're going to get there. (Cause, girl, we ain't playin' around anymore!)
And, no, creating a SMART goal doesn’t just mean creating “not a dumb goal”.
SMART is actually an acronym, which stands for:
What goal do you want to achieve? (ex. fat loss)
How can it be measured? (ex. % body fat)
How will you attain it? What action steps will you put into place to achieve this? (By working out X amount of times per week, by meal prepping every week, etc.)
Do your research. Based on previous experience and knowing your own limitations, is this actually realistic?
By when do you hope to achieve this goal? (ex. in 2 months)
Now... let's put it all together.
Instead of simply saying “I want to lose fat” which doesn’t give you a clear deadline, nor does it identify the changes (or action steps) you need to take in order to achieve that goal... after following the SMART formula, your goal should look a little something like this:
"My goal is to lose 5% body fat in 2 months by working out 5x per week, tracking my calorie intake and meal prepping consistently."
Sounds MUCH better, right?
With a clearly thought-out SMART goal, not only will you be able to identify exactly what you want, but you’ll also be able to get extremely clear on when you want it, and how you’re going to get there - leaving you NO room for error or negotiation when it comes time to make your goal a reality.
Got any more questions about setting SMART goals? Leave 'em in the comments below!
With love and wellness,
LARISSA NICOLE | Transformation & Wellness Coach