Top 5 weight loss goals

Top 5 weight loss goals

First, focus on maintaining your weight; then aim to lose 5-10% of your body weight.

Goal #1: Prevent further weight gain

Maintain your current weight within 5 pounds.

Goal #2: Aim to lose 5-10%

Set a goal of losing 5-10% of your current weight.

This can significantly reduce your risk for (or improve your current condition of): type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and coronary artery disease.

Goal #3: Maintain your weight loss

Maintain your 5-10% weight loss within 5 lbs.

Goal #4: Aim to lose another 5-10%

It is crucial to set small, gradual, and realistic weight-loss goals on your journey to permanent weight loss.

Goal: #5: Aim for your goal weight

Continue to set weight loss goals in 5-10% increments until you reach your goal weight.

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