December 18, 2014
Weight Loss: Setting Better Goals
Wellness Tip

Weight Loss: Setting Better Goals

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

People trying to lose weight, exercise more or achieve other health-related goals are more likely to stick with the program if they set a range as a target (for instance, lose two to four pounds next week) rather than a single number (lose three pounds).

In a series of studies reported in the October issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, such “range goals” improved motivation and engagement compared to single goals, even when the short-term results were similar.

A range goal can offer the best of both worlds because of its flexibility: It can be seen as both attainable (the low end) and challenging (the high end), the researchers said.