Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Weight Loss Information -- Setting Effective Goals


Weight loss information is often confusing and misleading. The more specific we are in discussing weight loss information the better it is for everyone. Here's an example...realistic goals. What are realistic goals? I wrote an article not to long ago that defined "realistic" as a 5-10% reduction of your total body weight. The 5-10% reduction is all the weight you need to lose to show a health benefit or improvement.

But I think there is a more specific term that can be used when disseminating weight loss information, specifically dieting goals. How about Effective Goals. What are effective goals? Effective goals are:

1) Specific and measurable
2) Attainable
3) Forgiving

"Exercise more" is a great idea, but it's not specific. "Walk 1 hour everyday" is specific and measurable, but is it attainable? Maybe, maybe not. "Walk 1 hour 3 times per week" is a great goal. It's specific, measurable, attainable, and forgiving (leaves room to miss a day).

A behavioral technique, called shaping, utilizes this concept of effective goals, but makes it even better. It uses only small short-term goals that get closer and closer to the ultimate goal. It is based on the concept that "nothing succeeds like success." Shaping uses two important behavioral principles:

1) Consecutive goals that move you ahead in small steps are the best way to reach a distant point.

2) Consecutive rewards help to keep you motivated.

I am going to start using Effective Goals instead of "realistic ones." So, your weight loss information for the day...set effective goals and "shape" them.

To Healthy Living!

Michael A. Smith, MD
Weight Loss Professional

Dr. Smith is the primary physician and consultant for the Weight Loss Professional Website. His interests include preventative medicine, the genetic etiology of obesity, and several others too numerous to list. Please visit his Website at http://www.weight-loss-professional.com/article and let him know what you think.


MORE RESOURCES:

Fox News

Low-carb diets may beat low-fat options for weight loss, heart health
Fox News
A low-carbohydrate diet is better for losing weight and may also be better for lowering the risk of heart disease than a low-fat diet, according to a new study. While low-carb diets have outperformed other diets when it comes to weight loss, some ...
Low-Carb Beats Low-Fat for Weight Loss: StudyWebMD
Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight LossNPR (blog)

all 124 news articles »


Study turns tables on value of breakfast, weight loss
WWL
"Our simple question was (when it comes to weight loss), does it help to eat breakfast? And the answer seems to be probably not," says David Allison, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Nutrition Obesity Research Center and senior ...
Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal for Weight Loss?Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic

all 5 news articles »


CNN

Weight loss: What they don't tell you
fox13now.com
Editor's note: Shannon Britton of Tampa, Florida, first shared her story with CNN iReport. Tell us how you lost weight, and you could be featured in our weekly weight-loss story on CNN.com. (CNN) — At 27 years old, I weighed 486 pounds and decided to ...
Weight loss surgery could boost brain powerBoston Globe

all 41 news articles »


Rod Durham fought for spot on "Extreme Weight Loss"
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)
When Tallahassee's Rod Durham headed to his second audition for ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss," he didn't know he was on the brink of transforming his life forever. The 49-year-old Leon High School teacher had completed the first round of interviews the ...
Scoop: EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS on ABC - Today, September 2, 2014Broadway World

all 2 news articles »


Weight-loss education seminar to take place in Fargo
Jamestown Sun
A free body composition screening will also be available. Attendees will learn about clinical research that shows weight-loss surgery to be superior to traditional medical treatment for people with Type 2 diabetes, producing remission even before ...



What Are You Weighting For? | Collection Development: Diet Facts & Fads
Library Journal
Ortner, a weight-loss coach, explains how to tap acupressure points to reduce stress, overcome overeating and cravings, find joy in exercise, and, ultimately, lose weight. Perlmutter, David & Kristin Loberg. Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About ...

and more »


TIME

Weight-loss program rewires brain to crave healthy food, scans show
Today.com
Tufts researchers wanted to determine whether anecdotal reports that participants in a weight-loss program developed by Roberts no longer craved junk food. Were there were actual neurobiological changes in brain? To determine this, The Tufts scientists ...
Researchers see benefit from behavioral weight loss program designed to curb ...News-Medical.net
People can learn to like healthy foods, brain scans suggestMedical News Today
Train Your Brain to Choose Fruit Vs. French FriesWebMD
BBC News
all 99 news articles »


Low Carb Beats Low Fat for Weight Loss, CV Risk
MedPage Today
For weight loss and for reducing cardiovascular risk, cutting down on carbs was a more effective strategy than limiting fat intake in a randomized trial, researchers found. At 12 months, individuals on a low-carbohydrate diet had lost 5.3 kg (11.7 lb ...



For Weight Loss, Low-Carb Diet Beats Low-Fat
TIME
A new study published today in Annals of Internal Medicine found that when people followed either a low-fat or low-carb diet for a year, those who cut carbs lost significantly more weight and fat, while reducing their heart disease risk factors more ...



Spinach extract decreases cravings, aids weight loss
Medical Xpress
A spinach extract containing green leaf membranes called thylakoids decreases hedonic hunger with up to 95% - and increases weight loss with 43%. This has been shown in a recently published long-term human study at Lund University in Sweden.

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.