Why is Setting Realistic Weight Loss Goals so Important

July 20, 2010

Weight Loss Quotes

Probably nothing in the world arouses more false hopes than the first four hours of a diet.~Dan Bennett

Setting realistic weight loss goals is very important if you want to lose weight. Unrealistic weight loss goals, like losing 30 pounds in 2 weeks, will only make you depressed and upset with weight loss when you don’t achieve them. How could you achieve such a fairy tale weight loss goal. Impossible!

If you set yourself up to fail you will erode your weight loss motivation and drive. Trying to achieve anything and failing over and over again is a psychologically scaring experience that will mark you for life. Many have failed to lose weight using many diets and now believe that losing weight is impossible. This truly makes it impossible, because what you believe has the nasty tendency to come true. Self-sabotage will be at a all time high while dieting after a few failed diets.

What truly amazes me is the fact that the diets worked. Most diets help you lose weight. But if you expected to lose 30 pounds in one week, and you only lose 4 pounds, you will toss that diet out as a failure. Most often than not your unrealistic weight loss goals and expectancies are the ones that make the weight loss diets you use to lose weight fail.

The truth is that a healthy normal rate of weight loss is of about 1-2 pounds per week. This means that you can expect to lose about 4-8 pounds per month. If you pull it off and lose 10 pounds each month, you should consider yourself a weight loss rock star.

Now that you know what the healthy weight loss rate is, you can set more realistic weight loss goals, thus improving your chances of sticking with the diet of your choice.

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