By April 15, 2012

Keep Your Goals in Sight to Lose Weight

If you’ve ever dieted or have had thoughts about dieting, then odds are you’ve spent a lot of time weighing the pros and cons.

The pros being the healthier, leaner, more attractive body. The cons being all the difficulty you will have to go through as you give up foods you love and do exercises that you hate. That’s the summary of the pros and cons, there are obviously a very long list of reasons why you would want to start a diet, and just as many reasons why you would be tempted to quit one after starting.

In order to diet successfully, you’ll need to keep your goals in sight. It all starts and ends in the mind, and you have to keep your sights focused on those pros.

The pros of dieting outweigh the cons easily. So why is it that the cons often win? It’s because of the perspective that we look at them. While the pros are more important than the cons, we don’t see them here and now. The cons on the other hand… we do.

It all starts and ends in the mind. You have to keep your sights focused on the pros.

We start dieting so that we can look nice and be healthier. But that doesn’t happen right away. It will be a while before you see any results, and it will be even longer before you see the substantial results you were imagining. It will take time and effort before you will start enjoying those pros. But the cons, you’ll suffer from right away. Almost immediately you’ll start having cravings for the foods you’re trying to give up, or you’ll be tempted to skip a workout. This happens whether  you’re on a diet that works or not.

We let the cons outweigh the pros because it requires a change of every day habits. It can overwhelm us, and we lose sight of what we were aiming for.

To keep your resolve, never forget why it is that you’re dieting. This is especially true when you see yourself faltering. Remind yourself why it was that you wanted to diet in the first place.

Think about how you’ll look once you’ve reached your goal. Consider the things you’ll be able to go out and do when you reach that point. There will be new outfits that you’ll look great in. Activities like swimming that you might have been embarrassed to do before.

You’ll have so much more energy through the day. You’ll get sick less, and likely live much longer. These are the things you need to think about when dieting gets hard, not how nice a double fudge sundae would taste if you just got off the treadmill and went to an ice cream parlor instead.

Focus on the important things, not just immediate pleasure. Slowly those cravings will go away and you’ll actually find yourself looking forward to your afternoon walk. Remember, the best way to lose weight – and the only way – is the one that you can stick with.