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
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.