Sunday, March 26, 2006
Dieter's myths: 1. IF YOU DON'T STAY AT YOUR ORIGINAL WEIGHT GOAL, THEN YOU'RE A FAILURE. About 1/3 of dieters settle for a maintenace weight that is somewhat higher than their original goal. 2. IT'S HARD TO LOSE WEIGHT ONCE YOU'RE OVER 40. Many people lose their weight when they are past the age of 40. Some people are spurred to lose weight because they have medical problems like arthritis. 3. IF YOU'VE BEEN OVERWEIGHT SINCE CHILDHOOD, IT'S NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF. It is a mind set possibility. Most people manage to get their weight under control as adults. 4. IF YOU'VE DIETED AND FAILED MANY TIMES BEFORE, THERE'S LITTLE HOPE OF EVER LICKING YOUR WEIGHT PROBLEM. Most people don't make it the first time around, but they can eventually come up a weight loss program specifically tailored to their needs that will work for them. The key is to find your nitch and be consistent and forgiving of yourself, we all make mistakes and have set backs. 5. IF YOU START REGAINING WEIGHT, YOU'RE BOUND TO GAIN IT ALL BACK. Learn to catch yourself in time when you start to regain. Recognize what caused you to get off track and correct it. Nipping small weight gains in the bud will prevent that overwhelming feeling that can deter your motivation. At that time this helps immensely; to exercise more, skip snacks, cutting back on sweets, and nothing to eat after 7:30 pm. Where there's a will, there's a way.