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The real secret to weight loss

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Yesterday I watched a programme on the BBC documenting the various weight loss gurus over the years. Two of the diet programmes that were reviewed were Weight Watchers and the Atkins diet. The whole premise of the show was that diets don't actually work and that, statistically, people can end up gaining even more weight than they started with after dieting.

This is not new information. The news really tends to be quite bleak for people who want to keep their weight off, so I got to thinking about what it really is that people need to lose weight and this is what I concluded:

Self-motivation.

It doesn't cost a thing, but boy oh boy, is it a hard to keep up that motivation.

More than that, this self-motivation never really ends.

Even though I'm at my goal weight and have been for a year and a half, I still have to make tough decisions about what to eat. The decision to stay healthy and slim is still something that I have to make consciously, and, at the end of the day can sometimes be a very difficult, and very tiring, thing to do.

Yes, we have support systems, tracking tools, etc, but it's up to us to use them. Up to us to eat within our calorie range and go out and do a bit of exercise, and, ultimately, if we want to keep the weight off, up to us to decide to keep on doing those things for a very, very long time.

** I realise this may not be a very up-lifting blog, it just struck me that I needed to write about it as I'm starting to get tired of keeping up with my maintenance and it seems to be happening six months before I reach my two year maintenance goal, so it falls into the statistic where people start to gain weight again. I suddenly understood why. For me, at least, it's getting a bit harder to stay motivated and on track. I'm actually needing to work harder at it!
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MWWENSIN 9/23/2013 4:33PM

    Reallly great blog the diet never ends. That is why it's really a lifestyle change. You're definitely on the right course - eating right and exercising.

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FLORIDASUN 9/8/2013 9:08AM

    I love this blog...it's all about self awareness...we constantly have to be aware of where we are, what we are feeding ourselves, and where we intend to go with our goals. You hit pretty much everything smack on the head...you need to track you calories in and out.

I've got aways to go...I rebel against tracking...so actually I'm self sabotaging...NOT a good thing! emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/15/2013 11:33AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon info!!! emoticon

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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 8/14/2013 10:28AM

    I agree! I have maintained a 100 pound weight loss - give or take a couple of pounds every now and then - and it seems to get harder. September 8 will be my 7 years anniversary! Woo hoo! One thing I have accepted, having once been morbidly obese, I have to spend a lot of time each day exercising and I also have to be accountable for my calories.

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LAURIETAIT 8/13/2013 1:32AM

    I think a big part of your success can be attributed to your exercise of choice, running. Poor nutritional choices can be off set with regular strenuous exercise. Embracing an active lifestyle is the key to maintenance I think. You've done a great job so far and you look amazing. Keep fighting the good fight. We're all here for you when your energy and commitment start to flag.

Insert emoticon that says: YOU"VE DONE IT BEFORE ! YOU CAN CONTINUE TO DO IT!


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KRISZTA11 8/11/2013 4:20PM

    Maintenance is so much different from the weight loss phase...
It is easier because we can eat 500 calories or more a day, and it is easier be satisfied with good, colorful tasty food.
But it is harder because it is longer, it is a lifelong thing -isn't it scary?
And sometimes it is harder to follow a flexible schedule, because the difference between maintenance mode and "normal" previous lifestyle is smaller.
I totally understand your feelings.
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CAROLISCIOUS 8/11/2013 1:15PM

    Maintenance is a tough and lonely road sometimes. You stop hearing all those motivating "Hey, you look great," comments because people have gotten adjusted to the new way that you look. It's easy to start feeling like it isn't important any more...but it is, and you can't give up.

I am a 5 year maintainer. I keep some side by side before and after pics posted in various places so I see them often. I posted a couple of blogs recently about accountability in maintaining that you might find helpful.

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I still have good days and bad days, good weigh ins and bad weigh ins. More good than bad keeps me out of the danger zone.
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ANATASHIKI 8/11/2013 12:54PM

    thanks for saying these things . I don't know why everybody , dieters and non dieters think that hey , you make an effort for an year or two and after that you return to the " normal" life. there is no "normal" life . maintaining requires the same effort if not more.
don't give up , I like seeing people like you , that means there's hope for me too emoticon

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