How can I determine the best goals for my weight loss?

Dr. C. Joe Northup discusses how to determine your weight loss goals. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How can I determine the best goals for my weight loss?

For someone to determine their goal for weight loss is mostly based upon what the individual wants to accomplish. Whether that person wants to get off their medications, prevent their self from going on medications, having more energy, that's the primary reason. We get too bogged down into worrying about weight as a number versus the quality of life someone has or the health problems people have. So looking at their goals, whether that's getting off their diabetic medications, getting off their blood pressure pills, spending more time with their family, or playing with their children, those are the goals we really look at for weight loss.


Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say deciding on your best individual weight loss goal depends on what you want to accomplish. 

Whether you’re hoping to reduce some medications, prevent taking medications, have more energy, or just feel better about yourself, your reason for weight loss will help determine your goal.

In general, striving to lose 5 percent to 10 percent of your weight at a time is a good goal. Once you meet this smaller goal, you can set another smaller goal and keep going until you reach your ultimate goal.

For more information about how to determine your goals for weight loss, talk to your doctor.

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