Setting Goals.

The easy part here is recognising what needs to be done – ‘I need to lose weight’. The hard bit is actually doing it, and doing it well. The main error most people make is giving themselves false hope by setting unrealistic goals and having unrealistic expectations about exactly how long it will take to drop those extra Kgs. Unrealistic goals boost the risk of dropping out of a weight loss programme. For example, if you are going on holiday and have left it two weeks from departing to decide to loose 5kg you are only setting yourself up for failure. Instead you need to set a realistic goal and realise your time constraints to achieve those goals.
1Expect to Lose Slowly
The hardest part about weight loss is knowing how much to expect to lose. The recommended weight loss by medical professions is 5-10% of body weight in total to lose or one to two pounds per week. And around 30-40 minutes of exercise a day.
2Set Short Term Goals
Aim at reaching little milestones along your way as opposed to just having one big end goal. For example if you have aimed to loose 10kg, celebrate the first 4kg loss.
3Track Your Progress
Using note books, charts or visually tracking your weight loss is a great way to keep you on track and motivated. If you don’t know what you have accomplished then you won’t get the motivation or excitement to keep going.
4Think About Long Term Goals
Post up on your wall or fridge at home your long term goal, this could be a picture of what you want to look like. Or take a photo of yourself before you start your healthy eating regime, to remind yourself why you are doing this. It will help make all the short term goals that much more exciting, and a reminder of what you are working towards.
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