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The Cycles of Diets and Weight Loss

 

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by Donna Gibson in Donna's Blogs
October 21, 2017

There is a lot of research on diets and why they don’t work, as well as the damage they may cause over time.  Psychological and physical damage, to be exact.  I have read the research, but more importantly I have spent the majority of my career talking with people about failed diets.

People do lose weight adhering to diets, but the typical outcome is they gain the weight back gradually and up to 20% more from where they started.  I have talked to hundreds of people trying to lose weight over the years.  I have heard this outcome hundreds of times.

It breaks my heart when I hear people say “I am so bad”, “I don’t have any willpower”, or “I just can’t do it”. Not succeeding on a plan that was bound to fail has now created self-doubt, guilt and a lack of self-confidence that they have what it takes to meet their weight loss goals.

Willpower for successful weight loss is a myth.  If everyone could will themselves to lose weight we wouldn’t be having this discussion.  Willpower goes out the window anyway when your resources are low.  If you are stressed, grieving or just flat out want some cake, what is willpower anyway?

I am sure there will be many new diets at the ready for goal setting in the next few weeks, and “weight loss” programs will hit their most lucrative time of the year.  (I am closing my eyes and shaking my head…)

What if the goal was some positive self-talk about where you are right now?  What you believe about yourself is a powerful tool.

What if every day you told yourself 30 times a day “I am healthy.”  What if this is your starting point and your goals became about your health, (not your size or the scale – I have thoughts on the scale, BTW), and worked on losing some of the negative thoughts dieting created for you  in the first place?

Put the blame back where it belongs and take it off of yourself.

 

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