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It May Be That Curiosity Killed the Cat. But What Can Curiosity Do to Reduce Your Weight?

Posted Oct 14 2011 8:44am

Here you are, a person who has always been overweight, or you used to be normal weight and then you gained too many pounds for your own good.

Dieting and exercise may seem like the answer. But they are not.

The statistics are that on any given day 45% of women are dieting. The statistics also are that 60% of women between age 20 and 70 are overweight. The most dismal statistic of all is that about 80% of people who lose weight don’t maintain their weight loss. Some gain even more back than they lost. The statistics, which we hope don’t lie, do not support dieting and exercise as an effective treatment for being overweight.

Here’s where curiosity comes in as an alternative to the ineffective dieting and exercise.

If you are overweight, can you stop being self-critical or too complacent or in denial or any one of a hundred different ways you might be about your weight? Can you take a position of being curious about you the person who is carrying around all this extra weight?

Who are you? How did you get here? What good is all that weight? What parts of who you are as a person are you keeping hidden—from the world, and maybe even from yourself? There’s a lot to be curious about. Don’t fall for that old saying, “It’s curiosity that killed the cat.” It’s an admonition not to look into things, not to investigate; in this case, not to see what makes you tick.

If you can, establish a position of being curious about who you are and how you got to this point in your life. It’s a very brave position to take if you are overweight. It signifies your intention to look into yourself and see why you took the course you did—becoming overweight, that is.

The point of your curiosity is to see what purpose being overweight serves for you, what all is involved, how complex a problem it is for you, what it will take to do something effective about it. Being curious about yourself in these ways opens up possibilities other than dieting and exercise for solving your longstanding stalemate with your weight.

Caution: Being curious can be dangerous. You can learn things about yourself that you won’t like, and won’t know what to do about. Being curious can shake you up in ways that dieting and exercise don’t. So, proceed at your own risk, but keep in mind the reward.

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