How to Keep Your Weight Loss Resolution

 

If you want to be successful, DON’T START OUT BY DIETING! In my experience, the major reason that people have difficulty losing weight or keeping it off is that they jump right into following an eating plan before they have learned how to diet.

           

Almost anyone can lose at least a little weight; you don’t necessarily need dieting skills to do so. But you do need these skills if you want to continue to lose weight and keep weight off. You need to learn exactly what to do when dieting gets harder. And it does get harder—for everyone–sometimes within the first week or two, sometimes not for a month or two. People often give up because they don’t have the skills to push through the difficult times. Then they regain whatever weight they have lost.

           

 If you’ve only sailed a boat in calm waters, you don’t want to leave on an extended trip without knowing what to do when the going gets tough. You might be able to navigate well when the ocean is calm, but look out if the weather gets rough! You need to learn foul weather skills in advance.

 

It’s the same with dieting. You don’t want to run into a rough patch and be ill-equipped to handle it. You need to learn, before you run into a squall, how to motivate yourself when you’re feeling unmotivated, how to refocus your attention when you have a craving, how to stick to a plan when you’re eating out, and how to get back on track immediately when you make a mistake. These skills are not intuitively obvious, but they can be learned in a step-by-step program. It’s too difficult for most people to focus on changing their eating while they’re learning these skills. That’s why I recommend postponing the start of your diet until you know what to do in stormy weather.                       

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2 comments

  1. I frequently use the words skill-power. You need skill-power so that you do not have to rely on willpower when the going gets rough. I like your article about sticking with the weight loss plan and learning skills to take you through the rough roads.

  2. I agree with you about motivation.

    There are so many time pressures in our daily lives that it’s sometimes difficult to find the time to devote to ourselves and we just let things slide. We need daily affirmations to reinforce our beliefs whether it’s from others or ourselves and this is especially the case with weight loss where staying motivated is vital to our success. You can succeed and you will succeed if you live your dream. Visualize, interrnalize your newer, slender self and that will provide the motivation for you to succeed with you weight loss program.

    Often, the difference between success and failure is down to mental strength and the step by step approach alluded to helps towards that goal.

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