Setting weight loss goals that work
Your brain’s a goal-seeking missile
So set weight loss goals that work
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 weight loss 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 weight loss 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, weight loss 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 weight loss goals much more often if we commit them to paper and let other people know about them.
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Research shows that people who set weight loss goals that work are more likely to achieve than people who don’t. But there’s a knack to what goals to set. Making a certain dress size or waistline your goal can work in the short term – so it’s fine to set that as a target.
But we’re interested in helping you change in the long term, and once you’ve got in that dress or those trousers your focus is likely to quickly drift unless your other goals are wider-reaching.
So here’s what we suggest. You should set three realistic goals. Make at least one a goal that has you doing something that becoming slimmer will help you to enjoy more – learning something new, setting yourself a challenge (especially a physical one) or revisiting something you used to love that you’ve stopped doing. Something that you do, rather than something that you can own.
The more you can link your weight loss or fitness goal with making life more fun and interesting, the more it’s likely to become a long-term part of your lifestyle. Take the work out of weight loss by making it part of the fun you’re having by being you.
How to tune in the ‘radar’ in your brain to help achieve your goals
There’s something magical about writing down your weight loss goals. There is a part of your brain called the Reticular Activating System, a network of nerve cells that act like radar, directing your attention to what’s important for you.
When you write down goals and create a goal map it switches on your RAS, which then hones in on anything that will help you achieve those goals. A visual goal map is vital for programming your RAS most successfully.
Filling in the Success Log in your handbook every day is an essential part of the process because everyone knows that seeing is believing.
Completing the log just before you listen to your Slimpod each time is very important because it brings to mind the changes that are happening and prompts your RAS to help you produce more.
Put simply, you get more of what you focus on: So focus on good new habits and you’ll get more good habits.
That’s why you need to set weight loss goals that work today!