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The 10% Solution

You May Not Need to Lose as Much as You Thought


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  • This seams so much more attainable! And Maintainable! I need to reset my goal with an intention of relooking at it when I get to the 10%. Great article.
  • This is a great suggestion. This is one I think I can handle. Thanks SP
  • I can indeed confirm when I lost the 1st 10% of my weight I went off high blood pressure med, high cholesteral meds, and no longer pre diabetic not to mention my sleep pattern was much better as well. What a motivation it was to take to me 100 pound loss so far. And that was 10 years ago when I started SP so THANK YOU with all I have.
  • great article! this is what i am doing and ive lost over 30#.
    it has worjed for me to go at 10# intervals. if i look at the BIG number i become easily overwhelmed.

    thanks SPARKland! jeep SPARKING!
  • I think I'll look into this idea further.
  • I have never used the 10% theory. I have lost 23% body weight since February first and my goal was to get from 191 pounds to 140 pounds by the end of this year. I had no concern of how many pounds I lost each week.My weight is now 146 and I have 5% of my current weight to lose to reach my goal of 140 pounds by the end of December.!! I only gained weight because I got a blood clot and had I.V treatment at the hospital everyday for 8 months. I could not cook properly or exercise by walking for even 2 blocks a day,so I gained 30 pounds and lost 45 pounds. I went from a size 16 to a size 10,the same size i was in high school and am 53 years old.5 years ,after high school I was a size 12 till recently when I gained and lost weight.
  • I am actually working to lose 3-4% of my body fat and not focusing so much on the weight on the scale. I have lost 8% body fat in the last year with only about a 10 pound weight loss, but I am much healthier and smaller.
  • Finally a sensible weight loss goal that is attainable even with all the physical problems I have at the moment. Between the therapy twice a week, my goal is to do the treadmill for 30 minutes and the stationary bike for 30 minutes with a day off between sessions. Hopefully I can work up to more exercise periods on the off days.
    I'm often reminded of the statement made by someone who was much smarter than myself; who said; " doing the same thing and expecting different results is the very example of insanity." . Understanding this - I am trying to apply this principle to my goals for weight loss. Your articles help me in this regard, thank you!
  • SHERRY0924
    I love it!! Never seen this approach before, always specific # of lbs. This will work for me!!!
  • Great idea and working on 10% will put me very close to where I'd like to be by the end of next month.
  • Have been on this rollercoaster so long, I think I'm going to have to use the 10% guide or I will never get off!
  • Awesome article. Did you meet me and use me as a role model for what not to set first. This really made me open my eyes. Thank You
  • WHEEZY83
    Lost 7lbs so far which leaves 10lbs. for my first 10%. I can do this!
    Perhaps some of the dissatisfaction with 10% weight loss, is stemmed from shows like Biggest Loser, and Extreme Weight loss?

    While some find those shows "inspiring" there are others who think they too should be able to attain those weight losses.

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