Setting your sports weight loss goals and re formulating your goals will probably be one of the most important processes you will do though throughout your weight loss period you have set.
This is the second installment in the Weight Loss for Sports :: Eating for Sports series.
This should start with you writing down what you want to achieve and also in what time frame you want to achieve it in, this will set the guidelines for you to follow and work towards.
So start by writing down “What”, this is your end goal, it could be to lose weight, to lose fat or both, it could be a goal weight for you which would see you perform best at this weight in your sport or it could be general weight loss to better your daily health, performance and energy.
Don’t be afraid to put a number on the scales here, if your desired outcome is a magic performance weight you should set your goal as that and plan around that, even if it takes you a little more time to achieve.
Next in the goal setting is “When”, no travel journey starts without an ending and weight loss is no different, put a time stamp on it and try to stick to it.
More often than not this time frame will be to start in the off season for most sports and hitting the goal around a quarter of the way through the season.
The key with setting your time frame to lose weight is to be realistic, if you have a large amount of weight to lose you may have to set yourself a longer time to move it as you don’t want to risk your health and also the best weight loss comes slowly over a period of time due to the fact that quick weight loss often sacrifices muscle mass and generally for most sports you need that muscle mass to perform at your best.
If your weight loss goal is unrealistic you are more likely to not achieve it, you might have to think about being at your best for next season, this is especially true if you have had a long layoff due to injury or the like, sometimes and more times than not in amateur sport you have to take your time to get be back into shape.
By setting short term goals constantly and longer term goals at this part of the weight loss for sports process you will be achieving the short term goals pretty quickly, this can and will motivate you to do more and get to the long term goal.
A good short term goal at this point in regards to losing weight might also include sorting out your daily nutrition plan, plan a grocery shopping day that happens every week to buy the correct food you need to stay on track, plan a meeting with your local supplement or health food shop to discuss a supplement plan that suits weight loss and your sport, all this could be on top of what you want to achieve on the scales too.
So you may sit down in the morning and plan your daily goals too, tick them off as you go and accomplish them.
So, set your goals in the time frame you have set;
- Yearly if needed
This not only makes the process more structured it also makes you accountable to yourself and lastly it makes the weight loss process a non thinking process, you have taken the time to write everything down and you can now change, adapt and analyse each step to make sure your on track and also just in case you need to use the information again.
Next in the Weight loss for Sports series is for Diet and Nutrition for Weight loss.
Or go back to the start of the series here :: Weight loss for Sports