It has been awhile since my last comments on dieting and I wonder how my weight maintainers are doing. I have been looking at the research on weight maintenance and it is a bit frustruating. The ultimate goal of the successful wieght maintainer should be a healthy relationship with food, regular but enjoyable moderate exercise, and a feeling of empowerment that you can make the right choices and remain at a healthy weight. (The same applies to former back pain sufferers, hopefully you have been empowered to understand how you developed back pain and how to avoid it.) I would love to know our effect as clinicians either way if you wouldn't mind. I would like to share a hopeful article that stresses that steeling yourself for a challenge and anticipating that it will be difficult to achieve your goals actually helps people to do better. The second article deals with the vicious cycle many people find themselves on when it comes to their weight. Please don't be depressed by it but use this information to recognize that your attempts are a difficult challenge that you should acknowledge, in order to have the strength to keep fighting and to understand that many, many people face the same challenges. And don't underestimate the power of habits! We are creatures of habit. Rely on your healthy fallback dinners in times of stress, plan your weekly meals on Sundays(and do your shopping), schedule time for yourself, if its back pain, know your weak points and practice postural awareness, most important....have a plan ...any plan....don't wait until you are ravenous and then just grab whatever is the closest thing. Anyway, read these articles....they are interesting.....and let me know how you are doing. We welcome people to begin Ideal Protein again with no start-up fees, just to get back on track with your healthy lifestyle.
[Acknowledge Your Obstacles - Here’s a counterintuitive little piece of goal wisdom: “Women who imagined that the path to weight loss would be easy lost an average of 24 pounds less than those who imagined themselves having a hard time resisting temptation,” Halvorson tells us.
Fascinating. And it’s not just a fluke in a single study.
“[Gabriele] Oettingen [PhD] and her colleagues have found the same pattern when looking at students in search of high-paying jobs after college, at single individuals looking to form lasting romantic relationships, and at seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery. No matter who they are and what they are trying to do, we find that successful people not only have confidence that they will eventually succeed, but are equally confident that they will have a tough time getting there.”
This is a really Big Idea. I’ve read a lot of goal-setting and general self-development books, and I can’t remember reading one that referenced these studies — perhaps because people don’t like to hear that reaching their goals will be challenging. But apparently, acknowledging likely obstacles is an important element in improving our chances for success.
So grab your pen and paper again and jot down some of the obstacles you suspect you’re going to face on your way to your No. 1 challenging goal.
If you’re already well aware of the obstacles, but lack confidence in your ability to succeed, Halvorson has advice for you: “If you believe that you are having a hard time reaching your goal because you lack the necessary ability, and that you can’t do much to change that . . well, there’s no way to put this nicely: You are wrong. Effort, planning, persistence and good strategies are what it really takes to succeed.”]
[The Fat Trap By TARA PARKER-POPEFor 15 years, Joseph Proietto has been helping people lose weight.When these obese patients arrive at his weight-loss clinic inAustralia, they are determined to slim down. And most of the time, he says, they do just that, sticking to the clinic’s program and dropping excess pounds. But then, almost without exception, the weight begins to creep back. In a matter of months or years, the entire effort has come undone, and the patient is fat again. “It has always seemed strange to me,” says Proietto, who is a physician at the University ofMelbourne. “These are people who are very motivated to lose weight,who achieve weight loss most of the time without too much trouble and yet, inevitably, gradually, they regain the weight.” Anyone who has ever dieted knows that lost pounds often return, and most of us assume the reason is a lack of discipline or a failure of willpower. But Proietto suspected that there was more to it, and he decided to take a closer look at the biological state of the body after weight loss.