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Setting Weight-Loss Goals - 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?

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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