Setting Weight-Loss Goals

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Topic Overview

Setting goals is an important tool for managing your weight. Think about why you want to lose weight, and then set your goals. Also, prepare for slip-ups.

Ask yourself the following:

  • Do your goals focus primarily on behavior changes or on achieving a certain weight?
  • Is your main goal to improve your health or your appearance?
  • Do your goals include changes you can live with for the rest of your life?
  • Are the goals you wish to achieve your goals or someone else's?
  • Do you think your life will be better (you will be happier, people will accept you more, your life will be more exciting) if you lose weight?
  • Do you think that if you could just lose your extra weight, you would then be able to keep it off?
  • Is your appearance more important to you than your health?

Related Information


ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Ali Tavakkoli, FACS, FRCS, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015