5 Psychological Strategies For Losing Weight That Actually Work

Goal setting

If you want to meet the goals you set, consider the following three factors:

  1. The more specific a goal, the more likely you are to achieve it
  2. Ambitious goals are good, but overly ambitious goals can be discouraging
  3. Regular feedback on progress improves outcomes.

When it comes to weight loss, then, a goal to eat fruit for dessert, rather than cake, is specific and can be clearly tracked. Specific goals around exercise or types of food you will eat — behaviors you have control over — are better than goals like improving cholesterol or glucose levels, which can fluctuate for reasons outside your immediate control.

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