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I keep trying to lose weight… but it keeps finding me!
Does this happen to you? You can lose excess pounds, but you just can’t keep the weight off?
Most of the time there’s a simple reason why this happens.
It’s because you make short-term changes.
Short-Term Changes = Short-Term Weight Loss
- Go on a diet, drop some poundage, and then heave a giant sigh of relief as you return to regularly scheduled programming
- Complete a boot-camp exercise program and then return, exhausted, to sedentary habits
- Do a detox, fast or ‘cleanse’
- Give up an entire category of food you love – maybe bread, sugar, pasta, alcohol, or chocolate – until people’s heads start looking like the lusted-after food, when you succumb in a wild flurry of crumbs
- Enroll in a grueling diet-and-exercise program that makes you feel constantly deprived and tired, but ‘is only for 12 weeks’.
There’s nothing wrong with doing something a bit radical if you want to kick-start your diet or exercise motivation or jump-start your weight-loss. As long as you’re not endangering your health, that is.
But if you’re starting a diet or exercise habit that you can’t sustain long-term, and expecting to permanently lose weight, then you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
Because the weight you lose will eventually come looking for you.
To lose weight and keep the weight off you need to make changes you can stick with.
Long-Term Changes = Long-Term Weight Loss
To lose weight and keep it off you need to make sustainable lifestyle changes rather than radical, temporary ones.
- Choose diet changes you can stick to – not extreme eating plans that make you feel deprived
- Commit to a doable exercise program that fits your timetable, personality and preferences – not something you loathe
- Look for ways to add micro-exercise to your life every day
- Focus on changing habits that keep the weight on
- Give up judging yourself – which can set you on a shame cycle – and develop your observation skills instead.
Sure, with long-term lifestyle changes you may not lose weight as fast.
But when you do lose the weight, it won’t be able to find you.