"Finally, the most important concept—if you scored a 0 on Question 6 (believing that weight loss will solve many other problems in your life), you may be expecting more than weight loss can deliver, setting yourself up for problems both now and after you reach your goal."
You cannot say this because you don't know what my problems are, losing weight will in fact solve many issues I am experiencing such as high blood pressure, it will help to ease the pain in my arthritic knees, it will help me to sit on the plane without needing an extender belt, and, hopefully, it will get me active enough to be able to to do things like hiking, walking or biking with my husband! Your interpretation of that question implies that I am thinking it will make me happy or solve my mood issues that lead to eating erratically...not everyone thinks that way when they see that question.
I think you totally 'hit the nail on the head' when you mentioned that we need to put our weight loss journey into a proper perspective. I definitely fall under that category of panicking if I don't do things the perfect and right away so that I could lose weight and end up getting that career and relationship I've always wanted.
You're right...I need to start living the life I want NOW, and let the weightloss part just be a smaller part of the bigger picture.
Less stress on me! Thanks for the excellent article. Have a great day.
The model already lost it and it trying to maintain. Or maybe she really needs to lose more. You know I hate it when bigger people do that to me. I know I NEED to lose 10-15 lbs, but they say to me, "oh but you are at what my goal weight is, why do you need to lose." Not trying to be hateful, just maybe a thought worth considering.
Though I got a 7, I still don't believe that I can lose weight. Have been trying for 60 years. A few times I lost a few pounds, but now am at the highest in my life at 73. When I track my food I am in the range. If I eat only protein I can lose a few, but who can keep that up? And it's not really healthy.
2/15/2013 10:08:57 AM
I'm a bit unreasonable...I just gained .50 lbs and I feel a little freaked. I stayed within my calorie count and exercise program this week...what happened? I'm looking to lose 1 lb per week and have been going strong for six weeks.....ugh....
I disagree with # 12 because I don't have a lot of stressful situations in my life. Everyone is NOT equal. Some people stress over everything, and some don't. Some people just don't have a lot of stress. You can't lump everyone together.
I think that this is the best article I have read regarding healthy and realistic expectations about weight loss. I wish everyone trying to lose weight, AND their doctors, friends, families and critics could read this. It seems like there is so much societal pressure to lose weight without most people understanding what it takes to achieve permanent weight loss and what weight loss does and doesn't accomplish.
I disagree with #12. We always have stressful situations in our lives. That is what got most of us in the condition we are in. It's handling the stress along with our weight loss that will make us sucessful!
Why does the woman in the picture want to lose weight, is she trying to disappear altogether? :-)
10/22/2012 3:10:09 PM
I have lost 43 pounds so far, and it HAS made many areas of my life a lot better. That's why I answered question 6 as TRUE. My answer is not a projection into the future, but it was given with the benefit of hindsight.
Carrying 43 pounds less has changed my body shape, radically, doing away with my "wheat belly", and giving me a more standard silhouette. As a result, I noticed a radically different, much more positive and respectful attitude towards me from total strangers in stores, hospitals, and on the playground.
I am now able to run with my grandchildren and actually outrun the younger ones ! At night, I can turn in bed with ease. My backache is gone. My ankles and feet are grateful.
I am now wearing a Size 12 and am able to shop for clothes in almost any store, instead of looking for a somewhat fashionable Size 18 or 20 in just one or two stores.
Those are just a few tangible benefits of my weight loss. The entire list is a whole lot longer. So, yes, losing weight has improved many areas of my life, providing enough incentive to stick with what I have learned during this process.
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