Permanent change means loving your new lifestyle

Today, on Lifehacker, there’s a great article, If you want to lose weight, you have to like your new lifestyle. An excerpt of the article:

Looking to their success stories, published both online and as highlighted by Anne Fletcher in her book exploring the registrants, Thin for Life, the one common theme is that while maintaining their losses requires ongoing effort, that effort isn’t perceived by these weight loss masters as a hardship but rather as just living with new lifestyles, and lifestyles that they enjoy.

This is something I’ve witnessed regularly in my own practice. Looking to my experiences working with thousands of patients over the course of the past dozen years, it’s clear that liking the life you’re living while you’re losing weight is the key to keeping it off.

I agree with this completely. When I was losing weight, I had to find cardio that I liked doing, and I had to (admittedly slowly) change what I liked to eat. The eating part also changed naturally as my body got used to less sugar and, thus, didn’t like high-sugar foods anymore.

I’d like to take it a step further though and relate it to hypoglycemia, also usually a huge diet change. You have to learn to enjoy your new diet. It’s a process, but the more of your new diet you eat, the more you will crave it. I now look forward to vegetables, my daily salad, etc. I promise you, if you stick with it, you’ll feel so good, you will love it too.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Change is definitely the most challenging mental hurdle. The willpower to keep up the new habits until they become enjoyable is where the real strength lies.

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