You decide to go ahead and lose some of that weight you’ve
been meaning to lose for the longest time. When you look back a year later,
you’ve lost all that weight and are now at goal weight. Now you decide to keep
the weight off forever. In other words, you decide to go for permanent weight
Did you know, however, that your decision to lose weight and
your decision to maintain the weight you lost were based on two different
contingencies? Your decision to lose weight depended on your expectation
regarding a future outcome. Your decision regarding maintenance depended on the
satisfaction you are getting from the outcome you have right here and now.
So what, you might say. That’s interesting, but what does it
have to do with anything?
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome that you have right
here and now, then you might not maintain the weight you lost. One possible
reason for your dissatisfaction with where you are in terms of weight
maintenance is you held and are still holding unrealistically high
expectations. Another reason might be the lack of change. During the
weight-losing phase you experienced change, maybe lots of change. Now, during the
weight-maintaining phase, your mission is to keep the status quo; no change.
Since your task in the weight-maintaining phase is definitely
to keep the status quo, you might want to help yourself think better of this
goal by thinking of keeping the status quo as a change in and of itself. In the
past, you could not and would not keep the status quo. So now keeping your
eating and your weight right where they are, right where they should be is as
big a change as any.