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The 10% Solution

You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought

-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
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10% is More Effective
Not only are gradual goals healthier in the long run, but they’re also more powerful in reaching your ultimate goals. You’ll be much more successful by setting and reaching a series of 10% goals than riding a wild weight loss roller coaster in pursuit of a huge goal all at once. One of the great weight loss ironies is that you’ll be more likely to lose that big number by ignoring it for now in favor of the smaller 10% goal.

Traditionally, weight loss programs have encouraged impatience and coconut-cream-pie-in-the-sky expectations. This approach also results in feelings of failure. Let’s try to turn it around and use the 10% strategy to do it right this time.
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  • This is a great article and a good reminder to break you weight loss goals into manageable steps that you can reach.
    Thanks for the good ideas on how to pursue your goals little by little. - 2/3/2014 1:42:20 PM
  • This article is a great reminder that baby steps work. For someone looking at a large weight loss goal, breaking it into smaller milestones is a great way to avoid being intimidated and paralyzed. - 1/30/2014 11:38:56 AM
    I love this article. It has me rethinking my whole approach. My goal weight seems so far way. Thinking about the 10% makes me realize I don't have far to go. The author surely sold me. - 1/24/2014 5:15:43 AM
  • I am 2 pounds away from my first 10%. So excited. - 9/11/2013 7:51:09 PM
  • Very sound and practical advice. I've been going about things the wrong way focusing on my bigger weight goal!

    I especially liked the idea that you can "lose that first 10%, regroup and reset your goals, and then pursue another 10% based on your new weight. The added benefit to this approach is that each 10% will get smaller and smaller!" - 9/11/2013 1:13:36 PM
  • The article was wonderful and beneficial1 - 8/18/2013 12:20:55 AM
  • This is what I've done. I had 150 pounds total to lose but I set my goals at 10% of the current weight. So far I have completed 2 10% goals and have nearly reached my 3rd. And according to my doctor, I am no longer diabetic. Setting the smaller goals has worked for me. - 8/12/2013 5:39:11 PM
  • Thank you for the good reminder. I have considered the 10% solution a good way to go in the past but was lucky if I made it to 1/2%. This reminded me that I have reached the first 10% and can now work on the next 10%.
    - 12/14/2012 7:05:03 PM
  • Very inspiring and realistic! This definitely is the approach to the lifestyle change that I have been seeking. Something that will keep me motivated! Thanks! - 12/10/2012 9:14:06 AM
  • For me, I needed almost instant gratification. Not that I wanted to lose weight fast, I wanted a goal which I could reach quickly, say in 2 weeks. Like I said, instant gratification. So I set up a goal for however much weight the weight calculator said i could do in 2 weeks. I'm up to goals for a 2 month period of time now. That seems to be working well, and allows for some of the daily fluctuations to happen without frustrating me. I tend to get on the scale less, also, as long as I'm following my meal plan. I monitor more if I've gone out to eat, usually drinking more water, until my system is back on track from all the salt, which appears to be virtually unavoidable when eating out. - 12/9/2012 12:00:29 PM
  • I have decided to reevaluate my goals today. Just like a lot of others i tend to get discouraged and give up mostly because of unrealistic goals. Iam going to try to be kinder to myself. - 11/24/2012 4:55:54 PM
    Finally, a SENSIBLE plan, a real life plan.

    Thank You........... - 9/16/2012 9:34:38 PM
  • VICKIE441
    The articles are very helpful. I am working on my first 10% weight lost. - 9/5/2012 11:01:44 AM
  • Oh why didn't I read this article BEFORE I re-gained twenty pounds! I was "there" and I didn't even know it! Weighing in at 170 pounds and so frustrated as to why I just didn't seem to be able to drop below it, fitting into size 10 jeans. Hmmmm. Won't make that mistake again when I get back there in the next few months. I found out at a recent official health check that I have a LARGE frame (per my wrist measurement) and could be considered within a healthy weight range at 165 to 170.
    Mike, your articles are always such an inspiration. No exception here! I'm in! Ten percent loss puts me right back where I should be. :-) - 8/18/2012 12:30:42 AM
  • I am going to try to shoot for loosing 10% and see if I can keep myself a little more motivated. - 8/12/2012 11:31:08 AM