Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Weight Loss Is A LONG TERM Initiative Not A SHORT TERM Goal

Most people who are gearing up to lose weight focus on one basic concept: lose as much as I can as fast as I can.  Because its the challenge at hand, it's a natural tendency - BUT - it's also short term thinking, and being that the majority of people who lose weight gain it all back within a couple of years, it may be counter-productive.  The reality is that most people who successfully lose weight find that its harder to keep it off than it was to lose it in the first place.  And in my book, it all comes down to one simple concept: Lifestyle Change!

Whatever means you use to lose weight must be sustainable forever.  If you starve yourself, eat weird meals, use special foods, engage in mind-numbing workouts, etc, the chances that you will be able to continue on that path once the weight has been lost are slim.  Thus, when starting a program, you want to think LONG TERM and focus on making permanent changes to your eating and exercise habits that you can happily live with.  I have successfully maintained my weight loss for 4 years and while that may not seem earth shattering, it definitely is bucking the trend of gaining all the weight back in 3 to 5 years...

Joseph Brownstein, writing for My Health News Daily discusses this same problem in an Article posted on Today Health.  Though it takes a different approach to the issue, the underlying message is the same - people have a tendency to "slack off" once they reach a weight goal.  

My point here is that BEFORE you begin a weight loss program, you need to think about how you will keep the weight off once you lose it.  Focus on finding adequate exercise that makes you feel good so that you look forward to it. (I walk 5 miles plus per day).  Target foods that you like that are healthy and eat more of them, while gradually backing away from the really bad stuff.  You don't have to cut out the unhealthy stuff completely, just consume less of it.  And you don't have to do it overnight.  I still eat what I like, but in much smaller quantities - a simple trick is to EAT SLOW - very slow - so you fill up quicker and end up eating less. Read my e-book for full details on how I transitioned my life style and lost 50 pounds in 5 months.

Ignore all the ads for "guaranteed weigh loss programs" and focus on developing a system that works for you that will help you lose weight, then keep it off forever.  Weight loss is a LONG TERM initiative not a SHORT TERM goal!

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