While losing weight is the most popular reason for starting a new, healthy lifestyle, it’s a tough goal and far from a finish line. (You can find more help with starting a healthy lifestyle in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.) The idea that slimming down is itself the only thing worth striving for is a bit of a fallacy to begin with, but fad diets and other trendy health outlets tend to focus on fast weight loss equating to a happily-ever-after ending. That’s not only false, it’s part of why most people gain back any weight they lose pretty quickly.
What’s wrong with my “weight loss” goal?
First off, the idea of weight loss assumes that weight, once lost, will never return. We all know that’s not true. Even if your goal is a bit more specific, like ”I want to lose 5 pounds,” it rarely leads to any positive change beyond a small window of improved health, one that is often followed by the return of old, unhealthy habits and routines.
Goals shouldn’t be a finish line for your health but moments of celebration on a path. You can have daily goals that are simply what you want to complete before bed, like eating 3 healthy meals and not between them. Especially when first starting a healthy lifestyle, daily and weekly goals are a good way to feel accomplishment and motivation for developing new habits. The Olumia Life app uses feedback and points to help maintain this sort of incentive to stay healthy.
Making your own goals
There is a great variety in the sort of goals that can really help you out. All you need to do when deciding what you want to start progressing towards is to follow a few guidelines. Your goals should:
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