When it comes to losing weight one of the most important things that you can do for yourself is to set realistic, achievable goals. Not only will setting weight loss goals help you to stay on track with your diet, but it will help to keep you motivated. The more motivated you are and the longer that you stick with your diet and exercise plan the more likely you are to lose the weight that you want.
Goals are more concrete if they are in writing, so one of the first things you should do is take out a piece of paper and pencil and write down what you hope to achieve with losing weight. By writing it down you are in essence making it more real and committing yourself to stick with it. You can stick the piece of paper with your objective on it up somewhere that you are likely to see it each day so that it can act as a reminder to stay on track with your diet and exercise.
Be sure that you keep your weight loss target realistic. Setting your expectations too high not only can lead to disappointment if you aren't able to meet them, but can also be unhealthy if you try to lose too much weight too quickly. Instead, you should set weight loss goals that are still challenging but that you are confident you can achieve with a little work. Again, this will help you to stay motivated and avoid leaving you frustrated when things don't work out as you planned.
Phrase your weight loss goals in a positive manner. Rather than focusing on the things you are not going to do focus on the things are going to do to help you in your weight loss. Avoid words like won't, can't and shouldn't since these all have negative connotations. For example, instead of saying something like "I won't eat junk food this week" say "this week I will make healthy food choices and eat foods that are good for my body."
It is also very helpful to be very specific rather than using general ideas. The more precise and specific your target or objective is the more likely you will be to meet it.
Setting a series of small goals along with a larger, overall goal can also be very helpful when it comes to losing weight. Each time you achieve one of the small goals you will get a burst of self confidence and motivation which can keep you headed in the right direction with your weight loss.
Finally, focus on performance rather than on your results. If you set an abstract goal about how much weight you want to lose or the clothing size you want to be you will be much less likely to accomplish it than if you set targets such as what types of food you will eat each day or how often you plan to exercise. If you stick to your eating and exercise goals the chances of getting the body that you want in the end greatly increase.