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The 10% Solution

You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought


  • Another great article from Sparkpeople - if only all the common sense on this site could be heard above the noise and lies generated by the multimillion $ diet industry whose only interest is in failure to keep people spending their $ on those false dreams.
    As for those who have left comments saying 10% isn't enough for them, please, please realise that when you have reached 10% you say hey well done me I succeeded, I am not a failure, I can do this and then sit down reassess and set yourself a new goal for the next 10% - have faith with the Sparkpeople way - it's the only way to this thing properly - and have fun at the same time - go go Sparkpeople people! - 7/29/2010 5:50:25 AM
    This was important for me to read. I lost 15% of my body weight and was disappointed because I had aimed to lose at least 20% of my initial body weight. But now I feel more proud of myself and feel that I can continue to work on that last 5% - 7/29/2010 4:33:24 AM
  • Thanks for that messge. It made me stop and think. I have lost 10 per cent of my weight. I feel healthier and know I look better but I still felt a failure! I can now tell myslf I am a winner . - 7/29/2010 2:47:11 AM
  • I would be thrilled to lose 10%. For me that is 17 pounds. I lost 11 pounds rather quickly and then the weight loss came to a screeching halt. I am halfway through the 8th week of no change. I have been fighting the urge to be disappointed but the lack of progress has slowly eaten away at my motivation and confidence. Today I felt like I was starving for the first time since I started SP. So I ate and ate. I am disappointed in myself but the past couple of months have been disappointing anyway. - 7/29/2010 1:50:40 AM
  • I learned that in Weight Watchers and it does make me feel more successful as I go along. - 7/17/2010 10:09:13 PM
  • I'm with AliciaC. Ten percent alone isn't enough for someone who is LOTS overweight.

    - 7/17/2010 1:37:41 PM
  • Well. This definitely makes me feel better. I have already lost my first 10%! Woo Hoo!!! Most people haven't noticed my weight loss. I know that's because I was so overweight, it's going to take a big loss before people notice. BUT I already feel better, so I know that the 10% approach is right. And it's cool that as you lose, the 10% gets smaller too. :-) - 7/17/2010 12:26:11 AM
  • 10% got it now lets work - 6/23/2010 8:35:38 PM
  • I just realized I hit my first 10%! Now I'm going to focus on my second 10% over the next few months. - 6/23/2010 10:13:49 AM
  • CATA1112
    After giving birth I lost most of the pregnancy weith, but the last 10lb have been IMPOSIBLE! And is not even 10% ! we all have a comfortable weight and it is hard to change that. - 6/10/2010 1:13:58 PM
  • I'm the 300lb woman who's lost 30 lbs. It's not that I'm disappointed, exactly, but I refuse to get exited about it. As far as the general world is concerned, 10% thinner is still too fat to be allowed out in public. - 6/7/2010 9:03:38 AM
    10% is less stressful, A mini goal is reachable. - 5/25/2010 11:46:56 PM
  • I think mini goals are a great way to go - so much less daunting and you feel a real sense of achievement when you reach each little goal. In March 2009 l weighed 205lbs, my target weight is 129lbs, so I set losing 7lbs as each mini goal, so far l've achieved that 8 times + 3lbs, ie 59lb lost to date, with another 17lbs to go until l reach my target - 2 mini goals + 3lbs to go! - 5/8/2010 7:55:10 PM
  • This is exactly why my weight loss ticker shows me trying to lose 20 pounds, if I were to say to someone yes I would like to lose 20 pounds I know they would be thinking - Lady you need to lose 20 pounds just off one arm. But I can't lose my 100 pounds without first losing the 20 so 20 is my new goal, - 4/20/2010 5:57:49 PM
  • I agree with the majority of the people who have found this article to be very positive. I too have set unrealistic goals and when I did not meet them have been disappointed and have went back to my old ways which got me to this point. For those who would still be disappointed, why? A loss is better than a gain. I have struggled with me weight for the majority of my life and the most important thing my mother (who has also struggled) ever told me is you didn't gain it in one day so why do you expect to lose it in one day??? I think the most important point this article makes is that it takes time and it takes work but you also have to come to terms with reality...

    Happy losing Spark members! - 2/14/2010 8:39:26 PM

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