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Get SMART about weight loss

Updated: 11-19-2010

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.