It’s clear there will be lots of short-term effects from your weight-loss regimen. The goal, however, is to achieve long-term, lasting effects. This is where hearts are wrung out to dry and hopes are usually dashed.
What makes it so hard to keep going until you reach your goal weight and stay there—forever? Weight-loss research shows that the single best predictor of weight-loss maintenance is follow-up support. Counselors giving follow-up support to their clients and continued group participation are the mainstays of long-term weight-loss maintenance.
Is it possible, though, to provide this kind of follow-up support yourself? One thing you could do to answer this question is to make a list of what a counselor and a support group would offer you in the way of help and guidance. What would they do to help you maintain weight loss? Once you make such a list, see if you can provide this kind of support for yourself.
For more on weight-loss maintenance, please go to The Reading Room and the White Paper, both of which are in the left-hand column of this blog at MariasLastDiet.com. Or, if you want to have an actual book or an e-book to read through and refer to, check out the weight-loss books for women section on the right-hand side of this blog, especially Psych Your Diet: A Daily Dose. Volume 3. Psych Yourself to Keep It Off.
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