Dieters often lose and gain weight with the changing seasons. Of the 40 million Americans every year who diet, over 90% of them fail. The yo-yo cycle of dieting often occurs because people want a quick fix resolution to melt away their excess pounds.
With that, I can assume that you have dieted and I can also assume you have chosen to make a commitment to long-term weight loss and end the cycle of yo-yo dieting because you are reading this article. A commitment to a healthy lifestyle is a personal choice and the decision to live healthy inspires your friends and family to make improvements in their own lives.
Before committing to weight loss, you must first do self-disclosure. To practice self-disclosure with weight loss and make steps towards gaining physical and mental health, answer the following statements without judgment and write down the first thing or things that come into your mind, there is no limit to how long or short your answers will be:
- · What causes me stress and anxiety when I attempt to lose weight?
- · What are the benefits of my weight loss?
- · What are the disadvantages of my weight loss?
- · What can I commit to long-term that will help me lose and manage my weight?
The activity of self-disclosure will formulate into a list of pros and cons to your weight loss. During this time, you may discover a weight loss plan that work for you. Once you’ve found your best weight loss plan, stick with it and realize there will be days you have “slip-ups” or “fall off the wagon”. It is also important to know that after you’ve attempted weight loss plans that did not work for you, drop them and forget about it; do not force something that is not meant to be. For example, some individuals may start out a weight loss plan of a liquid diet and run six miles a day because they are desperate to lose weight. In this situation, they are putting themselves at risk for injuries and compromising their mental and physical health. So with that, remember the key to weight loss is thinking of long-term maintenance of your weight. If you practice self-disclosure before, during, and after your weight loss journey you are addressing and resolving barriers that often cause dieters mental frustration and the temptation to end the goals of achieving weight loss.
With all of my encouragement to you, I know you can self-educate and learn through the Internet many plans that will work for you. I encourage you to type in “weight loss” and read articles at About.com. Another great site is www.webmd.com. I have learned numerous and healthy ways to lose weight.
With all of my encouragement to you, I know you can achieve your goals. As always, Live Happy, Live Healthy.