Medical Weight Loss and Staying True to Yourself
Accountability is the key to saying on track with medical weight loss in Fayetteville this holiday season.
It’s that time of year again. As the holiday season sets in every winter, it becomes more and more difficult to stay on track with your plans for medical weight loss. Fayetteville, DeWitt and Syracuse grow cold and holiday lights begin to shine from door to door. If you aren’t careful, you might find yourself curled up on the couch with some hot cocoa and some comfort food.
If this is you, it is time to take a step back and evaluate your self-accountability for weight loss. Being accountable means being responsible, answerable and reliable. You might be accountable as a worker and as a friend, but how accountable you are to your health and wellness goals is a big indicator of how successful you’ll be with medical weight loss.
Increasing Accountability for Weight Loss
As you lose weight during your medical weight loss program you will need to adjust your strategy for accountability. What worked for you at the onset of your medical weight loss program might not work as you get closer to your goal—you will need to change again as you transition to a weight maintenance program.
Telling your friends and family members about your weight loss goals so they can cheer you on is a great way to build accountability, but you don’t need to rely on external forces to lose weight. By developing strategies to stay accountable to yourself you can empower yourself to stay motivated and live healthily, even when no one else is watching.
Here are a few ways that you can stay accountable to yourself:
- Start a food journal: You don’t need to turn to a classic notebook for this anymore. There are plenty of apps that can help you stay on track. One of the leading weight loss apps is Lose It, which will help you track what you’re eating, how many calories you have left for the day and how much exercise you’ve done this week. One of my personal favorites is www.myfitnesspal.com. Patients who use this journal (which I can oversee) do much better than those who do not.
- Blog about it: This is a bit different than journaling because there is the potential for others to log on and read your story. However, it is also different than telling your friends about your weight loss efforts—you don’t need to share your blog with your friends. Blogging is your chance to share your experience with total strangers in similar circumstances.
- Take pictures: Take a picture of yourself every morning as you are getting ready for work. Instead of focusing on the negative, point out something positive about the way you look. Complementing yourself is a great way to start the day, and you might find you have more to compliment every day as you lose weight. This also helps you follow your weight loss journey. Remember, it takes you longer to see the changes in yourself than it does for others.
These are just a few ways that you can encourage self-accountability. Of course, you don’t need to rely entirely on yourself. You have your medical weight loss support network right here and are always free to contact your weight loss specialist Dr. Scinta when in need of a boost.