Nearly 70% of the U. S. population suffers from overweight or obesity. When people finally decide the road to ongoing weight gain must change, they focus their attention on food plans designed for weight loss. Although this seems to be a logical approach, it fails to achieve LONG TERM results greater than 95% of the time. With this fact known, human behavior typically chooses to follow the path of failure anyway!
“It’ll be different this time!” Frequently, the individual justifies a dietary plan they’ve previously used and “successfully” lost weight with. The problem for 95% of the people using this strategy, however, is not the ability to lose weight, but rather the ability to maintain weight loss.
“It’ll be different this time, because I know where I went wrong last time.“
It won’t be different (for a large majority of people) because LONG TERM weight loss (and ultimately maintenance) does not center around FOOD. Long term weight loss requires addressing multiple issues we tend to avoid. Food simply provides a temporary “fix” needed to continue avoiding these issues. If you believe dietary restrictions or changes in dietary habits are the only tool necessary for attaining weight loss AND long term weight maintenance, you will likely find yourself in the 95% category that fail over and over again.
What is a better alternative?
Find “someone” (a professional) with a proven record who knows how to identify the various components leading to poor lifestyle choices and weight gain.
Develop a realistic PLAN OF ACTION with that “someone” who knows how to address these problem areas without interfering with life’s daily responsibilities.
Use that “someone” in times of conflict/crisis to overcome obstacles. It is commonly these obstacles that contribute to emotional eating (and/or excessive alcohol consumption) that sabotage gains and transition you back into damaging lifestyle behaviors resulting in weight gain.
Look at professional quality guidance as a positive tool rather than a sign of personal weakness. The quality professional will help YOU find your own answers/solutions necessary to achieving long term weight loss. These answers/solutions (rather than food) are used to fill the missing voids in your life. This results in greater self confidence and improved self esteem.
Usually, people like simple easy options. These steps I’ve listed provide an “easy” option compared to typical choices chosen by the overweight and obese. The professional is able to uncover mistakes much earlier in the process preventing irreversible harm that would likely compromise the long term goal. This priceless skill contributes to ongoing forward progress which would otherwise be impossible. Without the professional, these missteps tend to reverse progress causing one to revert to past patterns of harmful behaviors. These harmful behaviors cause even greater weight gain while reducing one’s quality of life.
It takes time and patience to unmask and resolve the various components contributing to the dilemma of recurring weight gain. Every failed attempt makes the next one that much more difficult. If you want to be able to say AND MEAN,
“It’ll be different this time, because I know where I went wrong last time“
you will not reach for a dietary plan as the LONG TERM solution (by itself.) You will find a qualified professional able to guide you through the PROCESS and the TRANSITION to a lifestyle you will come to cherish and look forward to living.
Following previously “successful” dietary plans is the common option (although it consistently fails long term!)
Following professional quality guidance (outlined in this article) is the easier option (long term!)