When you begin a weight loss program, it can be an intimidating process. Most people realize that the amount of weight that they desire to lose is quite high and the thought of the amount of time that it going to be required is discouraging. For this reason, many people opt for expensive and unrealistic ways to lose weight such as surgery, diet pills, etc.
It is vitally important that before you begin a weight loss journey, you set both short and long-term goals for yourself and then reward yourself for making these goals. Let's take an in-depth look at this process.
Your first step should be to set a long-term goal for the amount of weight you want to lose. This can be any amount but don't set a time limit on your long-term goal.
Secondly, it is time to break down the final goal into smaller goals called short-term goals. Usually with a weight loss program, you will want to break down your weight loss into weeks and/or months. For instance, you might want to set a goal of 2 pounds a week or 8 pounds a month.
It is very important to be realistic with your short-term goals. Many people set goals that are impossible to reach and then become despondent and quit when they are not achieved. For weight loss, a realistic goal is 1-2 pounds a week. That may not sound like much but think about it; in a year you will have lost over 100 pounds and will be much more likely to keep it off due to the fact it has been done the correct way. You might also set goals such as working out 5 days a week or drinking 8 glasses of water each day.
After setting goals, it is also extremely important to provide rewards when goals are met. Rewards for your long-term success should be something fairly extravagant or something you have always wanted to do such as a cruise, a new piece of jewelry etc. Keep in mind that dependent on your body size, it may take more than a year to reach your goal so you should enjoy your reward when it finally comes to fruition.
As for the short-term goals, they should be smaller as they will be claimed more frequently. Examples of short-term rewards might be a small portion of your favorite food, a movie, a massage etc.
You will discover that it is much easier to remain on track with your weight loss routine if you have set achievable goals and are enjoying rewards for success. Give it a try!