Agonize Less and Celebrate More!
You really thought you would stick to your diet this time. However, here you are again perhaps feeling down on yourself after eating one too many pieces of pizza. Otherwise, maybe you ate ice cream instead of fruit for dessert. Your trouble with trying to lose weight is just as much about your approach as it is about what you eat, though.
Steps to More Attainable Weight Loss Goals
Health.com says to use the SMART acronym when setting weight loss goals: Specific, Measurable, Accountable, Realistic goals in a specific Timeframe. In fact, this method has helped people lose more than 20 pounds and keep off that weight for years.
Here are some examples of attainable weight loss goals:
- If you are of a BMI of say 30 or higher, try to decrease that by 5-10 percent.
- Consider losing a healthy amount of 2 pounds per week.
- Try setting weight loss goals 30 days at a time.
- Increase fruits and veggies in your diet to 50 percent of what you eat per meal.
- Seek out low-calorie foods and snacks that taste good.
- Track your progress to celebrate later.
- Study all the benefits of losing weight such as lower blood pressure and preventing diabetes.
- Focus on making small, gradual diet and exercise changes versus sudden drastic ones (i.e. walking to the grocery store or work, eating tasty whole grains instead of omitting all carbs).
- Commit to volunteer work that gives you a cardio and muscular workout (i.e. helping someone move or gardening).
Rewarding your Weight Loss Progress
It’s okay to pamper you a little when you have lost some weight. Just be sure that you treat yourself with a reward other than food to avoid moving toward unhealthy eating habits again. For instance, maybe you can save some of the money you would have spent on candy bars or maybe popcorn at the movies. Then, later use that money to book a spa day trip, go shopping for “skinny” (or at least skinnier) clothes, concert tickets, or night out with friends.
Whatever the case may be, celebrating your small successes will help you avoid the agony that comes with not reaching your ideal weight as fast as you would like. After all, it even feels good to meet small goals.
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