How to set your dieting goals for success
Dieting is a good way to achieve the healthy weight you are after. Whether it is a spontaneous decision, a New Year’s resolution or an outlined course of action by your nutritionist, you have to set some achievable goals.
A lot of people jump into dieting with no real motivation and direction. This poor approach always leads to the same thing: dwindling willingness to keep on track, relapse and wasted time and effort. In order to succeed, you should focus your goals. Here are five key points to remember:
- Be more specific — the only way to achieve something is to set a particular goal. You cannot just strive to lose weight without a clear plan on how to do it. In reality, losing weight is a matter of developing the right eating habits, in addition to getting some exercise. Understanding the specific requirements of these founding aspects of weight loss means you can address each of them the way they are meant to. It will make your efforts more meaningful and rewarding.
- Set measurable goals — one of the major problems of goal setting is that people often find their goals meaningless without a tangible result. This is especially true for losing weight. You cannot expect to stay on track if you do not measure success. It could be inches off your waist or pounds of your weight or even the size of your clothing that you can measure and see for yourself that the effort is worthy. With every little victory achieved and measured, you will build momentum and confidence.
- Accountability — the way people look at accountability concerning weight loss often comes down to keeping a food journal. While it is a good idea, it comes with some drawbacks: it is time-consuming and requires effort. You can try online versions of the food journal, which are more convenient. Alternatively, you can work with a friend or a member of your family to share your progress. It will keep you responsible and on track for the remained of your diet.
- Be realistic about your goals — every person is different and so should be their weight loss goals. You need to know your abilities and level of dedication so you could set a realistic goal. This can be tricky, as setting too high of a goal will quickly demotivate you, while setting small goals will not get you anywhere. A realistic goal requires a sufficient timeframe with a challenging enough but not too overwhelming changes to your lifestyle. It is best to make your goal evolve in stages, i.e. cutting off sugar not at once, but over a period of time.
- Set a time limit — a time limit can be a particularly stressful aspect of a diet, but without it, you will not even feel eager to start. Give yourself a month or few to lose the desired weight and work during that time to achieve your goal.
As you can see, there is quite a bit to set your weight loss goals the right way, if you want the endeavour to be successful. See to it that you implement the tips mentioned above and your diet to be successful.
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