Positive Attitude Key to Weight Loss Success (cont.)
In my book I review the basics of the reputable weight loss programs used by the masters, including Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Health Management Resources, and Optifast. All good, sound programs, but with very different philosophies and approaches. I would encourage you to read about them, check them out on the Internet, and see which would be the right fit for you.
You also might want to consider seeing a registered dietician who specializes in weight management for a more individualized approach.
In fact, I found that most of the masters of weight control do not deprive themselves of their favorite foods. Many people find that when you do that it's unrealistic, they can't stick with it, and when they finally break their rules about not eating carbs they go completely overboard.
A huge study called the National Weight Control Registry is following about 5,000 people who have lost weight and kept it off. They found, and I found, that successful maintainers eat diets that are relatively high in carbohydrate and low in fat. So it would appear that most people who maintain weight loss are not eating the low-carb way.
You also raise the question of whether this is a healthy way to live. The healthiest societies on this earth tend to eat diets that are relatively high in carbohydrate and rich in fruits and vegetables; they're not diets that are high in steak, butter, bacon, and pork rinds.
Some people find, too, that they are less hungry on high protein, low-carb diets, and they also find it easier to stick with them because the choices are very limited.
The real question for me was "How do you get yourself to do this; how do you stay motivated to do this for the rest of your life?" When I asked the masters this question, they told me they stay motivated by keeping a vivid picture in their minds of how unhappy they were when they were heavier, and they contrast that with thoughts and comments about how wonderful their lives are now.
So what if you're not there yet? I encourage people to keep a diary from the day they start losing weight of all the positive changes that are occurring in their lives en route to their goal. These changes should be changes that you're noting in mind, body, and spirit. For instance, are you sleeping better? Do you have more energy? Even though you're not where you want to be, are your clothes feeling looser, is your blood pressure going down, are you feeling less crabby? Any time you feel discouraged, pull the diary out because this will help you to stay motivated along the way.
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