Easier Weight Loss If You Live Up To Your Expectations
Posted May 16 2013 5:00am
As the weight-loss process unfolds, it is not only what you
can do that counts, it is also what you expect will happen that counts as well.
There is, of course, that one big expectation you have for
the end of the weight-loss process: weighing so many pounds less than when you
started. But you probably have other outcomes in mind as well: looking good,
feeling good, fitting into some of your favorite old clothes, getting rid of
being labeled as fat, regaining your self-esteem.
What you expect will happen is also part and parcel of each
and every weight-loss step you will take. Way before you near the endpoint, you
will have expectations that influence your choice of weight-loss strategies and
your choice of behaviors. For example, “if you want such and such to happen,
you will do such and such.” “If I want to remain true to my diet, I will have
to skip the dinner party Saturday night.” Implicit here is the expectation that
you will eat off your diet if you go to the dinner party.
Focusing on your expectations can redirect your attention to
the fact that you are guiding your daily weight-loss routine according to the
outcomes you are aiming for. For instance, feeling satisfied with yourself may
be one of your expectations. You may go into each day with the guiding
expectation that despite the fact that you are dieting, you still wish to feel
satisfied. At first, your expectation is to feel satisfied in having enough to
eat so you don’t, as a result of the diet, feel empty. But as you go along, you
find that you are feeling emptier than you like, and you believe feeling this
way can’t be helped if you want to lose a sufficient amount of weight. So you
modify your expectation of feeling full to feeling
satisfied in ways other than through what you eat, like being more attuned to one of
your children, or keeping up your disposition, or being on top of all your
Your expectation on each and every weight-loss step is what
guides you through the weight-loss process. It pays to be aware of these
expectations and the impact they are having on your weight-loss behavior.