4 Keys to Weight Loss Success
Successful "losers" share four factors in their ability to take weight off and keep it off.
Keep Track of Your Weight and Eating
This is a behavior shared by weight maintainers that runs against common
wisdom. Many people have argued that weighing yourself regularly can put too
much emphasis on weight rather than fitness.
We don't know exactly why regular weighing is a common characteristic of
people who've been successful at maintaining their weight, but we speculate
that people use their scales as an early warning system. People who weigh
themselves regularly will notice quickly if they have gained a few pounds and
can then implement some strategies to prevent gaining more.
Checking your weight less often can mean that you might wake up one morning
and discover that you gained 10 pounds. That can be pretty discouraging, and it
might cause you to just give up.
The Myth of Painless Weight Loss
One thing that people in the Registry tell us again and again is that weight
loss and weight maintenance is not easy: it's hard work. Diet programs that
advertise easy or painless weight loss and weight maintenance tend to fail in
the long run. A lot of the people in the Registry tell us that they only lost
their weight after they gave up on the "painless" methods.
The problem for many people is that they work hard at losing weight but then
don't have the skills to maintain that weight loss. We've found that the best
way to do that is to exercise and eat carefully for the rest of your life.
That may sound tough, and it is. But when we ask people on the Registry,
they say losing the weight was worth it, and that it actually got easier over
time. Getting to a lower weight has made their lives better, and it can make
yours better, too.