The Importance of Goal Setting when Changing your Lifestyle

Changing your lifestyle isn’t something that happens overnight. In fact, research shows that developing new habits takes at least 21 days, enough time for many people to become disengaged, discouraged, or forgetful. However, setting effective goals can help you stay focused and increase your motivation when you begin dieting or changing any aspect of your lifestyle. When setting goals, it is important to focus on something that is important to you. Don’t go through the motions; pick a goal that is meaningful to you personally and that will provide a vision for you to continuously work toward. Setting process goals, instead of result goals, are generally more sustainable and achievable. Additionally, using the SMART goal format (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely) can help you easily develop goals that will stick and be attainable. The most effective goals related to lifestyle changes meet the following criteria: • Eat enough - It is important to understand your limits. Eat enough to satisfy you until the next mealtime draws near, but not so much that you miss your…

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