Target setting

Getting fit and losing weight is a case of ‘one day at a time’ – here are some top tips.

Setting yourself targets

Whether you are overweight or obese and want to do something about it or simply want to start eating and drinking healthier, remember that it’s not something that happens overnight. Replacing bad dietary habits with good ones will take some getting used to. But the good news is it should only take about 3–4 weeks to establish the new habits that will help you to a healthier lifestyle. That’s where it helps to have targets to aim for.

How to set yourself targets

  • Set yourself realistic and achievable targets for healthier eating, drinking and physical activity. You don’t start to get fit by running a marathon straight away; so make changes to your diet and activity a little at a time.
  • Take it one day at a time – eating healthier and being more active is something to approach positively, not as a punishment!
  • Don’t deny yourself little pleasures now and again, just don’t make a habit of it.
  • Ask your friends and family for their support; they may even wish to join you in your efforts. It’s a great way to feel it’s not you against the world.
  • Create a timeline to measure your progress – review where you are after a month, then three months and so on – it helps to give you a sense of achievement. Use something visual to help you measure your progress, such as your waist measurement or weight.
  • Remember, if you slip up one day don’t dwell on it, just carry on to the next day with your target in mind – don’t wait until the next week to get back on track.