It is proven that when it comes to a healthy diet and exercise, the way we set our goals affects how we are motivated and confident to achieve it. In relation to weight loss, there are studies that show that it is more likely to achieve the goals when we propose a program of weight loss with low-high goals than when we only propose a final goal. For example, imagine that you want to reduce your weight between 1 and 3 kilos; we will be more likely to continue with the program when the goal we set ourselves can be seen as achievable (1 kilo) or something more challenging (3 kilos). However, if our only goal is to lose 3 kilos, we will have more options to fail.
Having the feeling of being on the verge of reaching your goal makes people want to continue working on it.
Each person has their own personal points of reference to determine what is attainable and challenging, based on their own circumstances and life experiences. A good way to start may be to think about similar goals that were achievable in the past (for example, last year I lost 2 kilos successfully eliminating fried foods at lunch). We can pose the challenging goal, that aspirational objective that will motivate you when working on it (for example, you might be able to lose 4 kilos to reach the weight that my doctor recommends). This would make the target range between 2-4 kilos.
It can often happen that we block our own path to success. We tend to get depressed when we do not reach our goals. That is why we must see our goals as a way to do better than before. For example, if you normally run 5 kilometers, the goal should not be to run 10 but to run 5.1.
The rush to see that we are doing things better than before can be a great help to us in not blocking ourselves and never be abandoning our ultimate goal The key, then, is to establish the right kind of goal from the beginning. We must know ourselves and be honest with ourselves, in this way we will be closer to success. If your goal is to have a flat stomach, here were some tips.
Go for it!