Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The few times that I tried Weight Watchers (unsuccessfully), my initial goal was set by the woman behind the counter at 10% of my body weight. To me, losing that 25 lbs seemed insurmountable. I always lost five or six pounds, then started roller-coastering. Eventually I would quit.
When I started Sparkpeople, I realized that 25 lbs was WAY too big a goal for me. I set small goals for myself -- just stay on track for today, take the dog for a walk today, lose 1 lb this week, get through the morning without eating a donut from the teacher's lounge, lose 8 pounds this month. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew that losing 10% of my body weight was supposed to be good for me, and I set that as a "medium range" goal on my spark page.
Last week, I hit that goal! I should be jumping up and down, but to be honest, when I look in the mirror I don't really see a difference. Today I decided I was going to boost my motivation by finding out WHY losing 10% of your body weight is the gold standard.
I found multiple research studies that show that losing 10% of your body weight has both physical and mental health benefits. One study showed that losing just 7% of your body weight cuts your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58%! Incidentally, most of the researchers recommended losing this weight over a 6-month period rather than trying to lose it quickly.
I particularly liked this poster from the Health Dept in Virginia, and thought I would share it with you. I'm going to print it out and post it on my fridge to remind myself that even though I can't fit into size 10 jeans yet, I am still doing something great for myself. I hope it helps those of you who, like me, sometimes get frustrated because we have not reached our final goal weight yet.