Weight loss involves a lot more than eating less food or cutting out the junk food. While how much you eat and the quality of what you eat are important considerations, other factors include exercise, stress, hormonal activity, sleep patterns, drugs and health factors.
For many people who diet, they revolve in a pattern of weight loss, regain, loss and regain. This can be due to the fact that our bodies have a weight level that is normal and ingrained in the body memory to maintain. This makes keeping the weight off more difficult as the body will attempt to reach that set-point after weight is lost.
For most, maintaining the commitment and focus on maintenance become the determining factors. When you go on a diet you commit to something. After you reach your goal that commitment wanes. You give yourself more leeway. Old habits resurface and old eating patterns resurface.
For many people it is the ‘why’ of eating as much as the ‘what’ and ‘how much’. This involves emotional reactions and responses. For many eating is such a social experience. It is also a distraction and a ‘it makes me feel better’ habit. Binge eating and emotional eating are difficult emotional challenges for most people.
Consistency is critical for those of us who lose, gain, lose and gain. Often it is helpful to research different diets and find one that resonates with you personally. If you hate what you are doing the odds of success are almost zero. Plan ahead. Avoid stocking foods in your kitchen that can trigger binge eating. Mindfully open the refrigerator door every time. Take a 2 second pause before eating something. Know what you pitfalls are and what your supports are.
Find a diet pal. It’s helpful and supportive to have a diet buddy. You don’t have to go it alone. We all fall off the diet train sometimes and it’s helpful to have someone help us renew our commitment.
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