If you are starting a new weight loss program, then it is likely that you have set high expectations for yourself. Many people start on a new program with the best of intentions, but they eventually slip back into their old habits once again. The key to weight loss success is to set achievable goals, so that you are setting yourself up for success.
Break it Down
One problem with goal setting is that people select goals that are too big, and they forget to measure the small moments of success along the way. For example, if your goal is to lose 50 pounds, it can be disheartening to see the slow progress on a week to week basis. It would be nice if those 50 pounds melted away overnight, but the realistic approach is to focus on losing 2 – 3 pounds each week over the period of a few months.
Focus on Small Behaviors
Focusing on the numbers on the scale helps to measure your success, although you might try switching your goals around to focus on your daily behaviors instead. Try setting daily goals such as:
• Avoiding all desserts and sweet treats
• Drinking 8 glasses of water each day
• Exercising 3 times a week
The most effective way to lose weight is to change your daily behaviors to set healthier habits, because it will help you to lose the weight and keep it off.
Set a Time Frame
Without a specific time frame to meet your goals, it is easy to procrastinate the steps that you need to follow. Have you ever found yourself in the situation where you fall back into an unhealthy eating pattern, and you tell yourself that the diet starts again on Monday? It can be a vicious cycle, making it hard to achieve your weight loss goals. Instead of waiting, commit to making changes today.
Find an Accountability Partner
Weight loss can be a lonely goal, and you can improve your chances of success by finding someone to hold you accountable. Talk with a friend or co-worker who has similar goals, and report your progress to them on a consistent basis.
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