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Making Weight Loss Goals Work for You

Posted Jul 24 2013 5:00am

Take your long-term weight loss goals—number of pounds, pants size, looking trim, better health, feeling good about yourself—and break them into sub-goals. Make the sub-goals quite specific and difficult enough to be challenging but not so difficult that the sub-goals are out of your reach. Also make sure you break these bigger goals into lots of little sub-goals so tasks are more manageable and you get more frequent feedback regarding progress. After doing all of this, there is still one more thing you can do to make your weight loss goals user friendly. See if you can construct your goals and sub-goals so they closely follow your values and needs.

There’s a world of difference between setting a goal at losing a lot of weight versus being specific about how much weight you wish to lose in what period of time. One is definitely more specific than the other. A specific and challenging sub-goal of losing a certain amount of weight each week will most likely bring a plan or some type of strategy to mind for achieving the sub-goal. And the closer your plan and strategy reflects your own personal needs and values, the more likely it will be that you will carry out your plan and reach your goal.

Can you take this schematic of long-term goal to sub-goals and put it into practice so easier weight loss will be yours?


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