Mental Pitfalls to Avoid When Losing Weight
Harold Geneen once said that “We must not be hampered by yesterday’s myths in concentrating on today’s needs.” This is a pitfall that too many people fall into during the weight loss process. There are countless weight loss myths out there, and the reason they persist despite all the evidence to the contrary is that somewhere, deep inside, we want to believe these myths as truths.
Here are a few realities that you have to understand, if you hope to break through these all-too-common myths:
- Currently, more than one in every three American adults are overweight.
- Diet and exercise alone are rarely capable of delivering lasting weight loss success.
- Most people who lose weight through diet alone will gain back most of their weight.
- Often, people gain back more weight than they lose.
These realities might not feel nice, but they can help you regain the voice of reason when it comes to thinking about your own weight loss goals. Another reality: medical weight loss programs are designed to help people overcome the most common weight loss pitfalls through the use of nutritional counseling, long-term behavioral changes, and ongoing guidance and medical support.
Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid
The biggest problem that people run into while working with a medical weight loss program are mental pitfalls. These are common errors in how we think about weight loss that can result in major setbacks.
Here are the biggest mental mistakes to avoid:
- “I can lose it later.” There is no time like the present. If you aren’t willing to make the changes you need to be healthier now, what makes you think you’ll want to do it later? What’s worse, the unhealthy choices you make now could actually make it harder for you to become healthier later. Never put off something as essential as a healthier lifestyle.
- “Once I lose weight, it will stay off.” Losing weight is tough work, so it isn’t surprising that once you reach your goal you are ready to take a break. But maintaining that weight loss is important. If you go back to your old habits, then you are going to eventually make it back to your old weight.
- “This pill / tea / product will boost my metabolism so I can eat what I want.” You’ve heard the old saying about things that seem too good to be true, right? Because almost every time, they are. There is no magic bullet that will deliver weight loss, no tea that will make your metabolism move so fast you’ll lose all the weight you want while eating burgers and milkshakes every day.
Medical weight loss programs are designed to give you everything you need to be successful with your weight loss program, from what you should be eating to how often you should be moving. The program puts everything you need right in front of you, but it still takes mental commitment on your part to keep up with it. If you are experiencing difficulty with your motivation level, or you realize you are starting to go back to poor previous habits, contact your weight loss doctor.