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The 10% Solution

You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought


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The 10% helped me kick off my 100lb weight loss on a positive note. It is very easy to lose weight when looking at your weight loss from a smaller angle. Even taking that 10% of your weight goal and breaking it down into smaller one. My first goal was 30lbs and I broke that into 6lb increments, that made it more achievable. So I didn't focus on losing 100, nor the 30, I focused on the first 6lbs then the second 6lbs, etc. to make my goals achievable and more motivational. Once you reach say 12lbs and look at the next 6lbs, its easy, why? You accomplished 12lbs and 6lbs is less than 12lbs. It's all how you look at it. Less is better and then you clump it together : ) Report
This 10% seems horribly scary!!! I cannot lose weight at all! So 10% is undoable. For me that is 21#!!! I was thinking more like making a goal of 10% of the amount I need to lose to get at the top of the BMI I should be in. That would be 6.6#. Maaaaybe doable. Dunno. All my diet and life changes haven't worked so far. Ohhhhh Pity Party!!!! Report
Sometimes that 10% seems just as unreachable.... My first 10% is 26.8lbs. Yes, I've accomplished that, but I will have to lose 10% 4x's before I can even get out of the 20lbs weight loss for ea 10%.... It's going to be a long battle.... (1 down 6 more to go)... Report
This is an excellent tip...I can use this Report
I couldn't have read this article at a better time. I really need a kick to get started AGAIN and this article was my ahhha moment. Thank you. Report
Sounds better! I have 20 lbs to loose but looking at 14lbs right now sounds better to the ear for me. Then I'll work on the next 6 down the line. Great article! YEAHHHH Report
I was happy to read this article and it makes sense! The reason I started this journey was a visit to my doctor who told me that my blood pressure was high and according to the BMI charts I had 75 pounds to loose! I am 4' 11" and I should weigh 95b pounds!! Ha. Trying to be more realistic...If I could loose 30 total, I will be pretty happy. I think there should be a movement to change those charts. If I weighed 95b pounds I would look like a skeleton, I don't think I ever weighed that even as a teenager.
Thanks for the pep talk!! Report
Ah, I guess I'm one of those 30-some-percenters. It's humbling to realize I belong to that unrealistic category. Oh well, at least I have lots of company :)
In my defense, however, I've long thought that it makes sense to break these things down, so instead of posting a 100-lb goal for weight reduction, I did actually start with 20 (a hair under 7% of my starting weight of 300). So far I'm down 5, and it's amazing but I really can feel and see a difference. That alone is hugely motivating! Report
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 Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report

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