Have you got a map of your dieting road or are you riding blind? You see the mere act of setting weight loss goals will help you plan out a route to becoming the slim beauty you so desperately want to become. If you have no clear idea of how to get there, then it will just never happen for you.
Most people go a little loco when it comes to setting goals. They think that weight loss goals need to measure up to these big bold statements and consequently end up setting goals that aren’t realistic or attainable.
You need to set goals that you can actually achieve; otherwise you’ll end up feeling frustrated and wondering why you didn’t lose 150 lbs in 3 months.
So what do you need to do to set goals that WILL work for you?
Well goals need to have 3 specific characteristics in order for you to see success from them. They need to be:
People tend to make mistakes by setting goals that lack one of these vital components.
When it comes to dieting, weight loss goals are fairly commonplace, but rarely realistic. Don’t let yourself fall into this category of goal setters. Start off with simple goals that allow you to lose weight gradually. A goal to lose1-2 lbs each week is very achievable.
Make your weight loss goals short-term. Setting a goal to lose the first 5 or 10 lbs is more attainable than a goal to lose 50 lbs straight off the bat.
Also, don‘t just stop at making weight loss goals; try to develop objectives that will help encourage changes in your behavior or lifestyle habits.
For example, you might set a goal to do 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week. This is something that is totally doable; it can definitely be measured, and is very specific. Remember you are ultimately in control of your body and mind and therefore you can control the behaviors that will eventually lead to successful weight loss.
When you set goals in this way you are willing yourself to achieve them. Consider setting goals for eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water each day, and keeping a diary detailing the food you eat. If you reach these goals, you will certainly lose weight, be healthier and generally feel happier with yourself.
Dieting is a long-term journey for most people. Make sure to set goals that will help to keep your levels of motivation fired up. There’s no better feeling than realizing the goals that you’ve set for yourself.
So start setting your weight loss goals today. Just take care not to allow your goals to become too broad or unrealistic – that will surely lead you down the road to failure. Set goals that you can work with and that you feel will keep you on track for the long run.
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