The Number One Way to be Successful at Long Term Weight Loss
The statistics can seem grim. Studies show nearly 65 percent of dieters return to their pre-dieting weight within three years, this according to Gary Foster, Ph.D., clinical director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania. And, statistics for dieters who lose weight rapidly (I lost my 110 lbs in 81/2 months), according to Wellsphere, a website sponsored by Stanford University, is worse- only 5 percent are successful after one year.
What makes the other minority “dieters” successful long term? Most important is: NEVER GIVING UP! I used to be a “All or Nothing” kind of person. I suspect most people with a weight issue are. I would either start off doing something 100 percent perfectly or, at the least setback, see it as a sign of defeat and decide to start again “Monday” then continue to mow through the day with unhealthy eating thinking since today was already shot I might as well enjoy it and start again tomorrow. The only trouble was, “Monday” never came and I kept on this roller coaster of starting and blowing it for years. This did not only contribute to my weight gain, but it chipped away at my self-esteem. But, now I realize setbacks will always happen. We need to expect them, plan for them, and MOVE ON! Immediately! Not tomorrow or the next meal, right then and there! The difference between people who are successful in weight loss (and in life) is that they never, never, never, give up (thank you Winston Churchill). I no longer throw the proverbial baby out with the bath water. If somehow Oreos magically fall out of the sky and land in my mouth, I now stop, don’t beat myself up over it, and move on. I don’t use it as an excuse to finish the whole sleeve… or box anymore. I’m still not perfect (psst! No one is!) but I refuse to give in and give up. Nope. Not anymore. Not no way, not no how!
What about you? Have you found yourself stuck in “All-or-Nothing” Thinking? Are you ready to stop this seemingly endless cycle of self-sabotage? It’s not your fault! (say, what?!) Look for my next blog post that sheds light on what’s really going on.