Your brain’s a goal-seeking missile.
So aim at the right slimming target
By Trevor Silvester, the Voice of the Slimpods
GOALS work. Our brains tend to like things ahead of us to aim at, and the closer the better. It’s why often when you're trying to lose weight the goal of a cream cake in the next 30 seconds seems more desirable than fitting into your swimsuit in three months' time.
So it’s important, if the swimsuit is your weight loss goal, to make sure you have plenty of smaller steps along the way – and you’re making the rules, so if you want a goal that gets you from breakfast to lunch, then that’s perfectly ok.
A goal of having a small piece of chocolate at lunch may stop you wolfing a whole bar at elevenses, because if the brain knows the treat is out there in the foreseeable future it stops craving for it.
So break your goals down. Have a large one – ‘I want to drop 10 pounds in 12 weeks.’ Or another way is to say 'I want to drop two dress sizes in 12 weeks.' Note how I’ve been specific, both about quantity and timescale. That works better than just saying ‘I want to lose some weight this year’. Make it achievable and realistic – “I want to lose 10 pounds this week” isn’t either of those.
Then work stepping stone goals backwards towards now. “By eight weeks I will have lost 7 pounds”. “By four weeks I will have lost 4 pounds” etc. Work these all the way back to “What am I going to do today to be on course for my end of week target?”
Make the answer to that specific, achievable and realistic, and include a treat of some kind every day. But remember, goals are only reached when action is taken.
Write your goals down and tick them as you achieve them. With a BIG pen. And post them somewhere public.
We achieve our goals much more often if we commit them to paper and let other people know about them.