The first step you must take when starting a diet or weight loss program is to set realistic weight loss goals. If you do not make this a priority then you will probably end up setting unrealistic goals. If you do set unrealistic goals you will find success is difficult if not impossible. An unrealistic goal would be "To lose the weight I want I will try to cut out snacks." or "I will lose weight by eating less carbs every day!" These goals will not help you be successful in the short or long term. Goals like these will lead to frustration, anxiety, depression and failure and ultimately you will quit dieting altogether.
When you begin to think about dieting loss goals it is extremely important that you create short-term realistic goals. Think of a short-term goal as a goal you can accomplish in one week; it is a quick and easy weight loss goal. Always keep in mind that you need to achieve this goal in one week so you have to be very clear, concise and focused when you create these goals. Once you have your list of goals the next step is to get a piece of paper and write down everything you need to do to accomplish each goal. As you build your list of actions be meticulous and note every detail of every action required to achieve each goal. Always bear in mind that the more specific, the more defined, the more clear-cut your goal and required actions the greater and quicker your success. Envision it this way; your "roadmap" to successfully completing this journey is the goals and actions you have created.
If you attempted to drive from the east coast to the west coast of the USA with a map without any details you might ultimately reach your destination but you would have driven all over the country and wasted valuable time. What would the outcome be if you ventured on the same journey but this time you had a "roadmap" filled with specifications, hints, clues and clearly marked roads? It is easy to see that you would complete the same trip much quicker. Your goals and all the associated actions needed to accomplish those goals are the "road map" to journey. If you skip these simple steps you will fail. Take as much time as you need to create these goals and you will quickly recognize just how necessary and effective goals can be.
You need to plan every step of your weight loss and dieting progress and setting realistic weight loss goals is a fundamental component to your success. Another step to consider when you establish weight loss goals is stating all your goals in a positive voice. An example of this would be "I am so glad that I have achieved the weight loss goal for this week. I feel better, I am happier and I know precisely what I need to do for the next week." Or, "I enjoy eating everything in my diet plan. I made great progress in achieving my goal of losing two pounds this week." It is important to create short-term realistic weight loss goals that build on the success of the previous goals. By approaching your goal setting from this point of view you will create momentum and this will help you experience more success with each passing day.
Some people might think that losing two pounds in seven days is not a great goal but look behind the goal: two pounds may not seem like a lot but to lose the two pounds you have made significant changes in your life. The changes you will have made will impact the very basic behaviors of your life. Examples of these behaviors are how much you eat during each meal, when you eat each meal, and what foods you are now eating. These are significant changes because the changes are fundamental alternations of your behaviors. Give yourself every chance to be successful by setting realistic weight loss goals you can achieve every week.
When writing your goals find a quiet place where you can concentrate fully on the task. Read your goals out loud. Do they sound realistic? Start out with simple goals. Through the process of writing a list of realistic weight loss goals you will clearly see your path to success. The one fact that is absolutely undeniable is the clearer and more precise you make your goals the more certain you will achieve all of your goals and more.
All the short-term realistic weight loss goals will lead you to long-term weight loss success. For your long term goals think about what you want to weigh in one year? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? Begin to create a vivid, rich vision of who you will be in one year. Think about what you will be wearing, what you will be doing, how you will be feeling, and how you look. All the incredible changes you visualize are possible but all the changes you desire start with your realistic weight loss goals. Take the time to create the powerfully positive, detail rich realistic weight loss goals that will propel you through the dieting process. If you take these few simple steps you will be well on your way to ensuring your weight loss success.