Americans are good at explaining our burgeoning waistlines. Those who have lost weight and regained it have a litany of excuses as to why they cannot keep the weight off. Our tried and true excuses are often even backed up in print. Earlier this year the Los Angeles Times ran an article explaining why it is so difficult for people to keep the weight off once they have lost it. The list of familiar reasons included:
- The human body simply yearns to be at its fatter weight
- Signals from the internal organs
- The physical adaptations of the human body
- Lack of exercise
- Not eating certain foods
- Appetite hormones
- There are others we can add to the list:
- Our time starved lives leave little time to prepare healthy meals or exercise
- Genetics. Can’t fight genetics right?
- Your thyroid is not functioning properly
I could go on and on.
It is far easier to blame our weight problems on things that we cannot control. However, the real reason that people do not maintain their weight loss is because they are impatient and unrealistic.
You want to lose weight so you begin an extreme diet and/or exercise plan. You may even opt for surgical intervention believing that you have tried and failed “but nothing works.” You follow the program or have the surgery and you lose weight very quickly. Great! It’s working and you are happy.
There is only one problem – you do not maintain the changes that resulted in your weight loss. You lose the pounds and then go back to living the same way you did before the loss. After all, the only goal of a diet or extreme exercise plan is to get you to your goal, right?
You regain all the weight you lost and add a few more pounds. Are you kidding me?
Sadly, far too many people fall prey to this faulty thinking. You cannot expect permanent results from temporary changes.
What You Can Do to Lose the Pounds for Good
To lose weight and keep it off for good:
- Be patient
- Set realistic expectation. A weight loss goal of ½ a pound or 1 pound a week is realistic.
- Focus on lifestyle changes and not temporary fixes. Adopt only those changes that you can maintain for the rest of your LIFE.
- Plan to cheat occasionally. Are you seriously never going to have another slice of pie on Thanksgiving?
- Expect to fail occasionally. We are not perfect and failure is part of life.
- Get help from family and friends. Support can help keep you on track.
- Understand that it is a lifelong battle. Just as an alcoholic is always in recovery, this is your battle to fight forever.
- Understand that you can NEVER go back to the way you used to live.
Big temporary lifestyle changes lead to fast temporary weight loss. Conversely, small permanent lifestyle changes lead to slow permanent weight loss. You can stay on the roller coaster or you can choose the permanent solution. It’s up to you.
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**Please consult your physician, registered dietitian, or certified fitness professional before starting or changing your diet or exercise program.**