Keeping Weight Off: Hard but Not ImpossiblePosted: Jun 28 in Lifestyle by
While losing weight is hard, for a lot of people keeping weight off long-term is an even bigger challenge. This is true even for those who are in the spotlight for their weight loss success. Exhibit A is David Smith, the “650 pound virgin” reality TV show favorite who lost over 400 pounds just three years ago.
For those who don’t remember or missed the excitement, David was the subject of a TLC documentary where he worked with the celebrity trainer Chris Powell to lose a significant amount of weight in just over two years. In the 26 months that the cameras followed him, Smith lost over 400 pounds. He became an instant favorite and an inspiration to many people. Morning shows like Today applauded him, giving him more attention and, from Smith’s perspective, more pressure.
You don’t have to be in the spotlight of New York City to feel that kind of pressure. Even during medical weight loss in Fayetteville, it is hard for a lot of people to live up to their own expectations, as well as those of well-meaning friends and family members.
Coping with the Emotional Stress of Weight Loss
David Smith can attest to the difficulties a lot of weight loss patients experience adjusting to a thinner lifestyle. He became a personal trainer himself, working with others who needed help losing weight. He got a girlfriend and started living the lifestyle he dreamed of for himself, but everything wasn’t OK. Smith describes coping with feelings that a lot of overweight and obese people encounter after drastic weight loss. On the outside he looked great, but on the inside he felt like a total mess.
It is hard to make the argument that Smith didn’t have support, seeing as he was applauded and loved by TV fans and talk show hosts, but this just goes to show that sometimes external applause isn’t enough. Smith knew his health was in order, but he was torn apart emotionally without anyone knowing. That is why it is so important to work towards whole-self wellness as you are losing weight.
Focusing on what’s outside isn’t enough. You need to cope with the societal pressures, relationship changes and personal insecurities on the inside in order to make a full transition to a healthier way of life.
Regaining Weight: A Slippery Slope
Just like so many others who struggle with weight management, Smith regained back 75 percent of his size just three years after reaching his weight loss goal. He did not regain all of the lost weight, but did put on 300 pounds—a hefty chunk of what he lost initially. While he acknowledges that he let himself go, Smith is back in the gym and working again towards meeting his goal—this time with the emotional support necessary to become happy and healthy.
Smith’s story is like so many others. It is hard to lose weight, and then once it is off it is even harder to keep it off, particularly if you don’t work on the behavioral issues that got you there in the first place. This is why working on behavioral modification is so important. Don’t become discouraged if you find your weight fluctuating a bit. You lost the weight once and you can keep it off, especially with the long-term support and motivation of Dr. Scinta and her staff. If you need a refresher or are in need of emotional support as you are losing weight, then come to one of our support groups. By building a community of weight loss support you can maintain your weight loss and stay healthy for life.