No Weight Loss Willpower? Start Setting Small Goals

Breaking down obstacles into small goals makes achieving them easier. Setting small goals helps you lose weight and keep it off.

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Dipped your hand in the candy bowl? Ordered a double scoop instead of a single? Think it’s because you’ve go no will power? Think again.

Big goals — say, losing 50 pounds — are much more easily accomplished by breaking them down into many smaller goals. Setting and achieving daily and weekly goals builds your self confidence and helps you stay focused. Done in small steps, big goals don’t seem so intimidating, and willpower (or lack thereof) doesn’t seem so daunting.

So, for example, instead of starting your diet by swearing off all carbs and exercising an hour a day, you might start by eliminating simple carbs (white carbs, candy, cake) and doing 10-20 minutes of exercise a day. After a couple of weeks, once you’ve achieved those goals, you might set two more small goals such as switching from diet soda to water and increasing your exercise to 20-30 minutes a day. Once those goals are achieved, you’ll feel successful and more motivated to keep going.

So, it’s set small goal. Accomplish goal. Feel good. Repeat.

Willpower’s got nothing on you.

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