Why SMART goals are not smart when it comes to weightloss

Why SMART goals are not smart when it comes to weightloss

It is not always smart to set a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time limited) goal when it comes to fat loss unless you are a pro-athlete. It is not always beneficial to start preparing for wedding/photoshoot/beach holiday/meeting/party/whatever in a way an athlete would start preparing for fitting into certain weight category or bodybuilding show.

Here is why SMART can play against you.

Specific

Why do you want to lose 6 pounds and not 8 pounds? Will you not be happy with losing 4?

Measurable

It is hard to measure success precisely due to different factors influencing volume, weight, body composition at any particular moment in time) I can help you to do it though: https://www.ocoach-fitness.co.uk/services/

Achievable

9 out of 10 goals people set in these cases are unachievable
No, you cannot get summer body in 3 weeks.

Relevant

How you look at any particular point in time is irrelevant. Your lifestyle, habit, self-esteem-independent-on-how-much-you-weigh and your health – are.

Time-limited

When professional bodybuilders set their goals they allow a good few extra weeks to account for a social event, unforeseen circumstances etc. You almost can never precisely predict how fast or slow your progress will go in the longer term.

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