The first step you must take when starting a diet or weight loss program is to set realistic weight loss goals. If you do not make this a priority then you will probably end up setting unrealistic goals. If you do set unrealistic goals you will find success is difficult if not impossible. An unrealistic goal would be "To lose the weight I want I will try to cut out snacks." or "I will lose weight by eating less carbs every day!"
These goals will not help you be successful in the short or long term. Goals like these will lead to frustration, anxiety, depression and failure and ultimately you will quit dieting altogether.
When you begin to think about dieting loss goals it is extremely important that you create short-term realistic goals. Think of a short-term goal as a goal you can accomplish in one week; it is a quick and easy weight loss goal. Always keep in mind that you need to achieve this goal in one week so you have to be very clear, concise and focused when you create these goals. Once you have your list of goals the next step is to get a piece of paper and write down everything you need to do to accomplish each goal.
As you build your list of actions be meticulous and note every detail of every action required to achieve each goal. Always bear in mind that the more specific, the more defined, the more clear-cut your goal and required actions the greater and quicker your success. Envision it this way; your "roadmap" to successfully completing this journey is the goals and actions you have created.