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A Weight Loss Program Should Consist Of Lots Of Smaller Goals, Not One Big One

January 17, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. health and wellness expert advises that a weight loss program should consist of a series of small steps that may take longer but will lead to long-term results. Lauren Whitt of the University of Alabama said that a goal of losing 30 or more pounds should be broken down into smaller goals that are short-term and manageable, like losing one to two pounds a week. Another tactic for gradual weight loss is to stop focusing on losing weight, but instead focusing on not gaining a pound more. "Look at the number you are now, and tell yourself you will stay right there," Whitt said. And lastly, ignore temporary failures, like weight plateaus, and persist in your efforts.
Lauren Whitt, Ph.D., "Sticking With Smaller Goals Keeps Weight Loss On Track", News release, University of Alabama, January 17, 2013, © University of Alabama
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