Do you want to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, improve your blood sugar measurements, or start a detox program? A common mistake most people do is set unrealistic health goals. This leads to stress, frustration and disappointment but it also sabotages our efforts and takes us back to point zero!
When you set health or diet goals start by evaluating what is realistic for you. Assess your current habits, your daily routine and your schedule and make plans that are attainable.
- If you want to lose weight aim for a rate of weight loss of about 0.5 to 1 kg per week rather than wanting to lose 1-2 kg per week.
- If you cannot exercise for 1 hour a few times per week start by walking at a quick pace for 15-20 or 30 minutes a few times per week.
- If you can’t cook at home due to your work schedule, you can order take away or deliveries and choose lower amounts and better quality food.
- If you can’t give up sugar altogether, consider having 25 gr of dark chocolate or 1 scoop of ice cream 2-3 times a week as an afternoon snack and don’t feel guilty about it.
- Be as specific as you can and keep track of your progress. For example, you can keep a diary of your daily diet, your exercise, or focus on more specific goals like your snacks or your vegetable intake of each day.
- Aim for what you truly believe you can achieve.