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Willpower

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Was reading a blog on another site about Willpower books that are out now. It seems that willpower is something there is only a limited amount of in each person. Therefore, it is best to use techniques for life that you can do without a lot of willpower, so when you do need it, it is there. Like in terms of diet. I have been very happy to rediscover low carb eating. It's something I did in my twenties, and lost 30 lbs. Recently (April, 2012), I was encouraged to try it by a doctor I respect as a treatment for my blood sugar highs. I have since lost 53 lbs, got my blood sugar back to normal, and most of my other health numbers greatly improved. The thing about it is, it doesn't take a lot of work (willpower) to stay on. You do have setbacks. Mine were from experimenting with adding carbs. I ended up adding too many. Got discouraged. But people at the Spark sites for low carb eating have helped me stay on track.

For me, this is a lot easier than all of my attempts to just change a few foods to lose weight, or just downwardly adjust calories. Others make the same claim about how much easier it is to follow this form of eating. I know it's not for everyone.

So if you find yourself saying, I would reach my goals only if I had more willpower, this could be a solution for you. Glenn
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WOUBBIE 2/2/2013 8:00PM

    Excellent post! You might also be interested in the topic of "decision fatigue", which also focuses on sustainable mental activity:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011
/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-f
rom-decision-fatigue.html

It's funny, sometimes I feel a twinge of guilt because I'm so unwilling to make any lifestyle changes that require a lot of willpower, but you've probably hit the nail on the head. Relying on willpower to keep you on track is unreliable, not to mention MISERABLE! We're in a culture that equates gain with pain, and that's really only applicable to extreme pursuits, not everyday life. I get enough pain from trying to be a good parent, I don't need to make myself struggle over every bite of food I take. :)

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GREENGENES 2/2/2013 11:32AM

    Great point. I know my willpower is pretty limited. I sure wish there was strength training for willpower. Lower carb is one that I can pull off most of the time but I do have a soft spot for certain types of bread. I don't think it's worth it to me to fight those occasional small battles as long as I don't go overboard.

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PLMITCH 2/2/2013 9:37AM

    The key is finding what works for each of us. You found what works for you, and that is all that counts. I do try to keep my carbs down, but probably not as much as you do. In any case: emoticon

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MOTLORAC 2/2/2013 3:31AM

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