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Is it better to set weekly goals in pounds or behavior changes?


Posted by Becca S.

According to the Stanford Health Promotion Resource Center, it's a good idea to set weekly goals for yourself to motivate and track your weight loss progress.  I was going to aim to lose 2 pounds per week.  But I wondered if it might be better to measure my success in a behavior change (like no snacks after 10 pm) since weight is not always the best reflection of health.  For example, if I gain muscle mass my weight may stay the same.  On the other hand, I am ultimately trying to lose weight or pounds.  Thoughts?
 
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I think goals are great to set, but I think behavioural changes are more important to focus on than numbers- weight fluctuates and it can be demotivating to see no loss one week when you may have gained muscle and lost fat, you know? This is more about your HEALTH so the behaviours are more important.

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