The Diet Detective: Inspirational Quotes to Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goals

Here are a few inspirational quotes that can help motivate you to live a healthier life:

"In the long run, men hit only what they aim at." -- Henry Thoreau

Interpretation: Goal setting is critical to accomplishing any task. Is it possible to reach a goal without having a plan and a strategy? Of course it is. Almost anything is possible. If you want to significantly tip the odds in your favor, however, setting goals helps. In fact, a study appearing in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reported that good goal setting increases your chances of reaching your diet objective by 84 percent.

Application: Goals need to be specific. Don't make vague statements such as "I'm going to lose weight." Instead be specific and say, "I'm going to lose 45 pounds in a year." The Journal of Sports Sciences reported that when individuals assign themselves specific goals they achieve a better result. The investigators also noted that as you increase specificity (e.g., 20 pounds in 16 weeks" vs. 20 pounds) you improve your performance.

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Goals should answer the questions how, when, where and why and should help set your course of action. So, building on your specific goal of losing 45 pounds in a year, it would be better to say, "I'm going to lose 45 pounds in a year, which means I will cut 157,500 calories from my current eating program and/or increase my physical activity." Even better would be adding, "I need to cut about 3,000 calories per week, or about 428 calories per day."

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"A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It's seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It's seeing what other people don't see, and pursuing the vision, no matter who tells you not to. . . . While bad luck, it's true, may come out of the blue, good luck, it seems, comes to those who plan for it." -- Howard Schultz, founder and CEO of Starbucks

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -- Thomas Jefferson

Interpretation: You can make your own luck by creating opportunities.

Application: Make your own luck by planning and making sure you're opportunity-ready.

Opportunities are all around us. If we make a point to be aware of and open to the world we're familiar with, we might find long-overlooked answers to problems that have plagued us. If we are closed-minded—unwilling to explore new ideas and review our current situation—it's unlikely we will see an opportunity even if it's right smack in front of us.

The failure to recognize opportunities to arrive at new solutions has sometimes been called "resource myopia," meaning that we don't see what's under our noses because we're so close to it. You need to open yourself up in order to free your mind and expose yourself to new influences.

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