Weight-loss Vs. Weight-maintenance
There is a natural tendency to think about losing and keeping weight off are two completely distinct processes and phases. What I’ve learned from personal experience is that most of the diet and activity strategies that helped you lose are the same ones that help you keep the weight off. If you think of the statement it makes perfect sense. If we lose weight by following one strategy, and then go back to our old habits, we will invariable regain the weight. So weight loss is actually about continuing those practices.
That is why it is SO important to choose a realistic weight loss plan, not some fad, that you can’t incorporate into a regular every day lifestyle. Weight-loss is all about forming good habits and dealing with the bad ones, not on following a “diet”.
Here are 3 important lessons:
1. Develop habits (willpower is over-rated!)
2. Manage your personal environment.
3. Don’t live in deprivation.
“SUCCESS IS THE SUM OF SMALL EFFORTS REPEATED DAY IN AND DAY OUT’
Over time I have found ways to eat healthy food I love in portions that satisfy me. I have learned to form routines that allow habits like daily exercise to become automatic, not functions of discipline. I have learned to stop fighting temptation by avoiding it altogether (don’t buy the cookies and chips).
One of the challenges of maintaining a weight loss is ts we still live in a food-centric culture that constantly tempts us with occasions to eat. We live in a world that wants us to sit, not move around. This environment is hard and one of the reasons why long term weight management can be a challenge. It makes dealing with weight a constant battle.
Dealing with weight loss requires a strategy that starts in our minds. It requires effort and persistence, but there is not one of us who is not ultimately up to the challenge. We can all learn to master our environment and to take control over our relationship with food and activity. In short, we can each aspire to become our own weight-loss boss.