Using the TRIM Method to Set Weight Loss
You probably have an idea of how much weight you want to lose,
but have you really made a commitment? When you set a goal - and
write it down - you are, in fact, taking the first step to
committing yourself to achieve that goal.
There are four requirements in setting your weight loss
1. Your goal must be reasonable and achievable.
2. You must set a time frame for achieving your goal.
3. What is the main reason or motivation to reach your goal?
4. What weight would you be satisfied with if you can’t quite
meet your initial goal?
Now, set some workable goals for the next several months. Make
sure these goals are ones that you are willing and able to work
toward during that time. Keep the acronym, TRIM, in mind while
setting your goals. TRIM will help remind you of the four
requirements mentioned above.
T: Time - An effective goal should have a deadline. Choose some
date in the future. In our example we’ll say three months.
R: Realistic - If you try to set a goal you can’t reach, you’re
setting yourself up for failure. Make sure it is a goal you can
I: Inspiring - Your goal should be something that really matters
to you; achievable but challenging enough to make it exciting.
M: Measurable - A goal must be measurable. Otherwise, you will
never know when you have reached it!
Make your goal as specific as possible. Instead of saying, “I
want to lose weight.” say, “I will lose ten pounds by September
Make a least two other goals, such as fitting into a certain pair
of jeans or exercising, for a period of time besides making the goal
to lose weight,. These would be “sub” goals. So, if you don’t reach
your weight goal, you can still feel some success by reaching
another goal. This will keep you motivated to keep trying.
For example, you could be replacing fat with muscle (which
weights more than fat). You’re looking and feeling better but the
numbers on your scale haven’t changed. You won’t be disappointed
about the weight on your scale because you will fit into those jeans
again and you will have succeeded in reaching one of your goals!
Once you have decided on your reasonable and measurable goals,
write them down. Make a contract with yourself to work toward those
Why do you need a contract? Because just because you have some
goals, it doesn’t mean that you have committed to them. Make a
promise to yourself in writing. You could even have a friend or
family member witness it for you to make it more official. It will
also give you extra motivation to keep the contract.
Use the TRIM method of setting goals for weight loss and you will
have more success in reaching those goals than just having a vague
idea of how much weight you want to lose.