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Woman thinking while writing on notepadYour long-term healthy weight goals may be different to the goals of others. You might want to put on weight, or stay the weight you are. Or maybe you want to lose a bit – or a lot – of weight. Or your goals may not be directly related to your weight at all. Any of these goals are achievable in the long term, as long as you make your goals realistic.

For example, if you are overweight you might aim to lose five per cent of your total weight – achieving this amount of weight loss will deliver significant health benefits. If you are underweight, you might aim to eat a variety of foods from each of the food groups every day. Find out what is a realistic weight goal for you.

It’s a smart idea to set specific goals as well. Think about the types of things you enjoy doing and match them with how you are going to achieve your goals.  For example, with physical activity, you could ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you like being part of a group or doing things alone?
  • Do you like having an instructor or someone leading you? 
  • Are you able to undertake physical activity at set times during the week?

Choose goals that you can fit into your life and budget and can maintain over time. You might also like to discuss your goals with your health professional.

You may want to eat less junk food or be more active. You might be keen to eat more vegetables or to learn to swim. Maybe you want to improve your posture and body strength through gym work or increase your fitness so you can join the local soccer team. It’s your body and your health, so think about what you really want to achieve on top of achieving or maintaining a healthy weight. 

Your goals might also vary according to how motivated you are to change – that’s normal.  You might like to find out more about the stages of change.

The Healthy Weight Guide has a goal setting form that allows you to enter in your own short-term (over the next month), medium-term (over the next six months) and long-term (over the next two years) goals. Once you have entered your goals, you can print them off and keep them somewhere handy as a reminder.

If you register with the Healthy Weight Guide website, you can store your goals and come back to update them over time. Once you have achieved some small goals, you might want to make some more challenging short-term ones, or start looking again at your medium- and long-term goals.

As long as they’re realistic, you can reach all kinds of goals – you just have to start small and build up. This might involve breaking larger goals into more manageable smaller ones with shorter timeframes to make them seem less scary and easier to reach.



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