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Can using a fitness tracker help me set up S.M.A.R.T. goals for weight loss?

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Use the info you track, your calories burned, food eaten, and hours slept to shape S.M.A.R.T. goals for yourself.

Here's one example of how to do it. Look at your fitness device to see how many calories you burn a week by exercising. Let's say it's 1,000 calories.

Use that data to bump up your calorie burn. For example, a S.M.A.R.T. goal is “I will walk enough to burn at least 1,250 calories through exercise this week.”

SOURCES:

American Journal of Health Promotion: “Goal Setting as a Strategy for Dietary and Physical Activity Behavior Change: A Review of the Literature,” November/December 2004.

Organizational Dynamics: “Goal Setting: A Five-Step Approach to Behavior Change,"August 2003.

Patient Education and Counseling: "Goal-Setting for Behavior Change in Primary Care: An Exploration and Status Report," August 2009.

Self Nutrition Data.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Journal of Health Promotion: “Goal Setting as a Strategy for Dietary and Physical Activity Behavior Change: A Review of the Literature,” November/December 2004.

Organizational Dynamics: “Goal Setting: A Five-Step Approach to Behavior Change,"August 2003.

Patient Education and Counseling: "Goal-Setting for Behavior Change in Primary Care: An Exploration and Status Report," August 2009.

Self Nutrition Data.

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 15, 2018

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