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Using Psychology to Lose Weight Means Knowing How You Should Be Setting and Achieving Goals

Posted Aug 27 2012 8:23am

Losing a lot of weight means setting a lot of goals for yourself. These are not just weight-loss goals. They are also your personal goals, like “get started already”, building the motivation you need, not letting anything interfere, doing it gladly, and so forth.

It’s best, when you set goals, to make your goals as specific as you can. Setting specific goals has a much more selective impact on your performance than setting general goals.

For example, a specific goal would be going right back on your diet when you have a diet cheat. Even more specific would be going back on your diet at the very next meal after you have a diet cheat. 

An example of a very general goal is to do your best, or to lose a lot of weight.

A more personal specific goal for “not letting anything interfere” would be “not letting my drops in self-esteem send me right to food.”

Specific goals can more easily boost your performance than general goals because they provide a clear standard against which to measure progress and they define the kind and amount of effort you will need to expend.

 

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