2010 started and for many people it is commonly the time when people make set new goals for the New Year. Among the top people’s lists of weight loss goals is to start attending the gym on the regular basis to lose body fat fast. The only effective way to accomplish this is to set realistic goals, work out special plans and then follow them.

Many people hardly realize the difference between a dream and a goal. A dream is a goal without a good developed plan.

There are some important factors to be considered when setting weight loss goals:

1. You should know your body Fat Percentage. There is no doubt that you know how much you weight, but it is doubtful that you have ever calculated your fat percentage, or know how many pounds of lean body mass you carry.

If you have set a goal to attain the figure that you had in college, it is not possible and you should understand that it is not realistic. Actually, it is not enough to see the numbers on your scales. You should think about fat loss percentage instead of weight loss because you can just lose 10 pounds of fat and gain 10 pounds of muscle with your net loss on the scale being 0.

2. Think about a realistic Time Frame. Unless you’re a competitor on The Greatest Loser, working out four to six hours a day, you can’t hope for losing 10 pounds per week.

Allot yourself a reasonable amount of time to loose body fat. If you have set a goal of losing 20 pounds a fat, attempt to reduce 1 to 2 pounds per week with the goal of attaining your ideal fat percentage in four months.

3. You should develop an effective nutrition plan and physical workouts.

Many people think that they are ready to eat only 1,000 calories per day and go to walk three miles every day. But this is a great mistake. Avoid gimmicks and fads. Work out an exercise plan that you are sure to follow and maintain. Define the type of physical workouts, determine the duration and the frequency. It is recommended to eat five – six small meals a day instead of three large meals. Do not skip meals, stay hydrated, drink 6 glasses of water a day, avoid eating fatty foods and foods enriched with lots of sugar, calories and sodium.

4. Build an Accountability Team.

First be accountable for yourself. Keep to your own self-promises and understand your worthy of being in a good shape and healthy. You can offer your friends and members of your family to become members of your accountability team providing support and useful recommendations about your physical workouts and nutrition plans.