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To Reach Weight-Loss Targets, Start with Small Goals

Goal design affects motivation

Researchers built a model to explore how small variations in goal design could influence motivation.

  • They found that adaptive goals are more beneficial than static goals.
  • Challenging goals are more useful for people who recently experienced setbacks or made significant progress.

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To Reach Weight-Loss Targets, Start with Small Goals

To Reach Weight-Loss Targets, Start with Small Goals

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How to reach weight-loss goals

Finding a weight-loss diet is usually not a problem, be it paleo, low-carb, or wine-based. The real challenge is sticking to it. A recent study used data from a diet app and concluded that small, short-term goals that responded to the dieter's progress helped them reach their long-term goals.

Despite the goals being self-directed, people take their daily goals seriously. Even if there is no kind of punishment attached, they will reduce their consumption or increase their exercise to keep them near their goals. Those who achieved their short-term goals were more likely to meet subsequent goals.

Goal design affects motivation

Researchers built a model to explore how small variations in goal design could influence motivation.

  • They found that adaptive goals are more beneficial than static goals.
  • Challenging goals are more useful for people who recently experienced setbacks or made significant progress.

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