BIGGER GOALS + BIGGER LOSSES
It’s crystal (ball) clear: if you can envision it, you can lose it! In a new study, women who predicted they would shed more weight over a 27-week diet period dropped more kilos (17 on average) than those with less lofty targets (who lost as little as six); they were also more likely to have maintained their loss at a one-year check-in. This challenges the common belief that setting higher-reaching goals could make dieters abandon ship. Dr Victoria A Catenacci, an associate professor of medicine, says the findings may inspire a new weight-loss strategy: set an ambitious big-picture goal, then celebrate at smaller incremental points (Catenacci suggests up to 10 percent of your weight in six months). “You’ll make progress towards your major goal, but your success along the way will provide on-going motivation.” Also, turn to page 68 to find out how three South African women shed kilos and kept the weight off years later.