As with most things in life, setting goals is very important. Dieting is no different.
When you look at things honestly and objectively, you’ll notice that most of the things you’ve accomplished in life have been done because you not only had a goal, but because you also had a clearly planned and well thought out process for achieving that goal.
- First of all, it’s difficult to achieve a goal if you don’t have a clearly defined goal.
There are times in life when it’s almost impossible to tell whether you’re succeeding or failing, because you’re not sure exactly what the desired outcome should be.
Identifying your dieting goals before you start eliminates this issue.
2. Having dieting goals gives you a measuring stick by which you can judge your process.
This is important so that you know when you’re falling behind, and when you’re moving with your schedule, or if you’re ahead of schedule.
3. Setting goals are so important for dieting success.
You want to set goals that are aggressive without being impossible to achieve.
If you set goals that are beyond your reach you will find that frustration will be your dieting partner until you reach the point where you give up all together.
To avoid this you should make sure that your goals are possible for you to achieve.
4. Be specific when setting your goals.
Rather than setting a total goal of 40 or 60 pounds start with a specific goal like 10 pounds in one month. Then you can extend the goal to the next month until you’ve reached the overall goal of 40 or 60 pounds.
It’s much easier to lose 10 pounds four times than it is to lose 40 pounds all at once. It’s a trick mind trick, but it works. Ten pounds sounds simple and achievable. Forty pounds sounds like it might as well be climbing Mount Everest.
5. Hold yourself accountable
You shouldn’t call the whole thing off if you only lose 9 pounds instead of 10. Instead, find out where you dropped the ball for the final pound, and set your 10-pound goal for the next month.
6. Work with your own personal goals and not the goals that someone else is pushing on you.
It’s personal to you, it’ll be much more rewarding than if you’re doing it for someone else.
If your heart isn’t in it, there are very few goals that’re going to motivate you properly.
7. Establish small (non-food) rewards for accomplishing your dieting goals.
Your reward might be a new accessory for your new (or new old) wardrobe, or a pedicure for your new look.
Make your reward something fun and frivolous, and teach yourself that accomplishing your goals can be accomplished by something other than food. This is a key to successful dieting.