As you travel along the road of dieting, it helps to have a map. Setting goals can help you to have a clear idea of where you’re going and how you’re going to get there.
Many people set goals that aren’t realistic or attainable.
It’s important to set goals that you can actually attain in order to succeed. Otherwise you end up frustrated and wondering why you didn’t lose 100 pounds in 3 months. There are many ways you can set realistic goals.
Goals need to have three specific characteristics in order to work for you. They need to be:
Many people make mistakes by setting goals that lack one of these essential components. When it comes to dieting, weight loss goals are common. But they aren’t the only way to go. If you do set weight loss goals, be realistic. Try setting a goal to lose 1-2 pounds each week.
Make weight loss goals short-term. Setting a goal to lose the first five or ten pounds is more attainable than a goal to lose 50 pounds. Even more attainable than weight loss goals are goals that have to do with behaviour.
For example, you might set a goal to drink 8 glasses of water each day for a week. This is something that is doable, that can be measured, and is specific. While weight loss has many factors that affect it, you are in total control of behaviours.
Setting goals can help you to stay on track when you use them properly. Think about setting goals for eating fruits and vegetables, exercising, and keeping a journal of what you eat. If you reach these goals, you will inevitably lose weight and be healthier.
Dieting is a long-term decision for most people. Make sure to set goals that will help to keep you motivated. There’s no better feeling than accomplishing the goals that you’ve set for yourself.
Utilize goal setting to stay on track. Be careful not to allow your goals to become too broad and unrealistic – that can lead to failure.
Ultimately, when you set realistic goals, you’ll find that you are able to stay on track.
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