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The 10% Solution

You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought


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  • Great article, after reading some of the other comments looks like others are having the same problem. It's been taking me so long to get to 30 lbs lost that I'm ready to scream! I still have a long way to go and had hoped to be at the 40 lb mark by now (started in Jan).
    Thank you for the article
  • I can so relate to this article. I am almost at my 10% goal and it is very exciting. I have seen differences in stamina, flexibility, and well-being, and have dropped 2 sizes. Breaking things down into smaller chunks and doing it one 10% at a time (actually my first goal was 5%) make things seem so much more easily attainable. I plan to keep losing weight by eating better, exercising and setting a new 10% goal overtime I real the last one.
  • JAY75REY
    I'm guilty of this thinking in the past. But Sparkpeople (and articles like this) have changed my viewpoint. I've lost "only" 40 lbs (20% of my starting weight, 200) and am at a plateau at the moment. But gosh, even if I just stay here, I've accomplished something good for myself and look and feel so much better.

    The BMI still says "overweight", which I think accounts for some of the frustration you mention. There still are external standards foisted on us that bolster our tendency to have unrealistic expectations.

    BMI or 10% --- which should we use to measure our "progress"? Funny how both of these standards come from "medical" or "scientific" research. They seem to be contradictory.
  • I like the idea of ten percent. I am almost to that point and although that is a good amount it is still not enough for me. I am not as heavy as some others but I still need to lose more for medical reasons.
  • Great article! About two years ago I decided to break up my weight loss into 10 pound goals and since then it has been easier to kept mysel motivated, also it creates a a couple of benchmarks to celebrate along the way.
    Sorry, my math went out the window for that moment. I haven't lost the first 10% yet, but it DOES make it more doable.
    This is the best article I've read yet!!! 10% is very doable. That means that in about 2 weeks I've met the 10% weight loss twice!!! This makes it so much easier. Thanks a million.
  • i've always been some what realistic about losing the 10% but seeing it in writing sure hits home and maybe now I wont fudge and make excuses
    This is a brilliant idea! It breaks down my goal from having to lost 70 lbs (which is kind of intimidating) to having to lose 4 10%'s. Seventy is scary, whereas Four is nice and small. (90% of the battle is trying to outwit my inner doomsayer).

  • 25% weight loss doesn't even make sense if you don't have that much to lose. At some
    starting weights, you would be underweight. I don't think % should determine your goal. It's the health & fit you want/need.
    That is a great approach to weight loss. I never thought about it like that. I was just so focused on getting the weight off that nothing else mattered. Well, the blinders are off and smaller goals make more sense. Thanks!!
  • Thanks for the mindset adjustment. I think that this approach is certainly appropriate and effective for most folks!
    This article made me stop and think about what success I've already had... I've already lost 12.5% !!! My long term goal is to get to 160lbs (from 280lbs) - so have been setting mini goals of 10 lbs. I've never thought about setting goals in the context of % - now that I've realized that I've lost 12.5% I'm going to set my next mini goal at 10% and see where that lands me!! Thanks for bringing a new perspective to setting goals!
  • NEWLOVE007
    This idea has always made sense to me. So I personally, have set myself a goal of losing 10 pounds every six weeks. From June starting at 186, until today July 29, I'm at 170. I'm on track, and motivated to continue. My goal is to reach 150 lbs. I know now I can make it with this mind set. Just need to stay focused on the goal.
  • This was really helpful, thanks! I had heard before to set a 10% goal, but could not really see the point when 30%+ was the ultimate goal. Now, on to the 10%!

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