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Losing Weight

Understanding The Difference 
Between “Process” And “Outcome” Goals 


An Outcome Goal is your saying “I’m going to lose 20 pounds”.


A Process Goal is saying “I’m going to cut out packaged foods and cut back by 500 calories a day. These are ways to reach your outcome goal.

What You Might Think About

Getting supportor at least understanding—from family and friends so they aren’t tempting you with “treats.” 

Joining a support group, either in person or online—fellow dieters may be more likely to understand what you’re going through and provide a forum for exchanging tips. 

A support group, especially one that includes a weigh-in, can also offer accountability, a good motivation to help you stick to your plan.

Resources: Mayo Clinic Staff