Set a Specific, Reasonable, Measurable Diet Goal
The most common mistake that people make is to set several difficult goals at once. Then, when the goal is not met, they feel discouraged and give up. The best approach is to set one large goal, along with several smaller goals. For example, if a person’s overall goal is to eat healthier, he or she should choose three specific areas to work on, such as:
- Eat two servings of fruit each day.
- Only eat fast food two days per week; and
- Eat whole wheat bread and brown rice instead of white bread & rice.
Once the goals are met, the person can set three more, until the large goal is met. It may be helpful to write down your goal and put it on the refrigerator or bathroom mirror as a reminder.
Choose a Weight Loss Reward
It is important to designate some type of daily or weekly reward for meeting your goals. We often punish ourselves for not meeting our goals but never reward ourselves when we are successful. It can be anything, from going to the movies to going camping for the weekend. But, if you aren’t successful, withhold the reward until you are.
Learn from Your Diet Mistakes
No one is perfect. If you have a setback, try to determine why and learn from the experience.
Ask Your Friends and Family for Weight Loss Support
Friends and family may be able to help encourage you and keep you on track.