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Setting Weight Loss Goals

Posted Apr 24 2009 11:00pm
A goal is your vision. It is what you desire; what you aim to achieve. Goals should be personal and meaningful. We can give you ideas and suggestions, but unless the goals feel right, it will be difficult for you to make a lasting commitment to them. Commitment is the key to success.

There are two types of goals: outcome goals, which are the "prize" for all your hard work, and behavior change goals, which are strategic plans you make to help you reach your outcome goal.

Setting specific behavior change goals will help you achieve your outcome goals. These may include shedding excess weight, improving your nutrition and getting into good physical shape. Your behavior change goals should be realistic and have a measurable outcome.

Examples of behavior change goals include:

  • I eat 5 Medifast Meals and 1 Lean & Green meal per day.
  • I walk briskly during my lunch hour for 20 minutes each day during the week.
  • I drink 8 glasses of water daily.

At times you will need to make adjustments, or change your goals, based on unforeseen obstacles that get in your way. This doesn't mean you give up on the goal; rather it means that you need to set up a contingency plan. We all lead busy lives, and sometimes we may fall behind on the important things - like exercise - and will have to make up for it by making sure we are still eating all the right foods. Stress is often an obstacle that can make us fall into bad habits, so taking time to relax and do things you enjoy could be just the thing you need to stay on track.

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