Be smart about weight loss

Healthy Lifestyle
Updated 2014-02-06

By Mayo Clinic Staff

When setting goals, think about process and outcome. Process goals are most important because changing your habits (processes) is key to success. 'Exercise regularly' is an example of a process goal, while 'Lose 30 pounds' is an example of an outcome goal. Also make sure your goals are SMART: Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-limited. An example of a SMART goal is aiming to walk for 30 minutes a day, five days a week for the next month, and logging your results.

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