Goal Setting to Achieve the Right Weight

by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Approach dieting as you would to achieve anything in life- with a plan, resulting in success. You must know what you want, when you want it and how to get there. It is a proven fact that people who set goals are more likely to succeed.

Make your goals clear to yourself and with determination you will get to where you want to be. A useful tool in setting your goals is to be SMART, an acronym used as an efficient way of goal setting: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-framed.

Firstly, be specific as to how much weight you want to lose and by when. Consider why you want to lose weight. Keeping this in mind will help give you a focus.

Decide how you are going to measure your progress; inches or weight are obvious options but choose whatever suits you.

Make sure your goals are attainable. Give yourself targets that will push you but beware of being overly ambitious. Saying you are going to go to the gym everyday, for example, could prove difficult to follow through. If your goals are set too far out of reach you will inevitably be left feeling downhearted and depressed when you can’t reach them, don’t set yourself up to fail.

Be realistic when setting your goals. Know your body shape, know what is a healthy weight and size for your height and what to expect when you reach your target goal. Dieting might not transform you into a supermodel but hopefully with enough weight loss and body toning your new confidence will make you feel ten feet tall.

Finally, you will need time frames to keep you focused and on track. Set a start date, an end date and have shorter term goals to keep you motivated. Also decide how often you will be measuring your progress and try to reward this with a treat of some kind, hopefully with an item of clothing in a smaller size!

It is vital that you physically write down all of your goals and time frames. Seeing it there on paper and visualising the end result will keep you positive, focused and more likely to succeed. A great way to keep track and with the added bonus of nutritional information and exercise advice is to purchase purpose made books such as the Maxitone Achievements Diary available online.

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Updated: January 10, 2014 — 9:42 am

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