Help! I want to lose weight before my wedding! What can I do?

Or maybe it’s 15 lbs for a high school reunion, or drop 4 dress sizes by your birthday. Whatever your weight loss goal is, it has to be S.M.A.R.T.

S.M.A.R.T. goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.

Let’s look at these examples…

1. Sheila wants to lose weight this year. The amount she wants to lose isn’t specific and neither is the time.

2. Cherise wears a size 12 but wants to fit her size 4 clothing she wore in high school for her reunion next month. This isn’t realistic and probably not sustainable after she loses the weight for the event.

3. Benita wants to drop 20 pounds to reach her goal weight of 130 lbs. No time-frame given.

4. Pam wants to get a buy a house first and then work on losing weight. Buying a house isn’t relevant to losing weight and the goal isn’t specific.

Here’s an example of a SMART goal -

Keisha wants to lose 20 lbs in 5 months by reducing her sugar intake, replacing fried foods with grilled or steamed and exercising at least 4 times a week.

Boom! This goal is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely.

When you create SMART goals, think of it as a blueprint to achieve your fitness objective.

Incorporate these strategies when making a weight loss goal.