Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight and Feeling Satisfied
Posted Sep 17 2010 2:00am
When you’ve reached your goal weight, will you be
satisfied? If so, feeling satisfied will help you maintain the new lighter you.
What might get in the way of you feeling satisfied is
important to know and anticipate if possible.
·You might have expected more dramatic results.
·Your loss of weight has unexpected consequences.
·People react negatively to your accomplishment.
·You didn’t expect weight control to be so difficult.
Let’s take the issues above one by one and see what you
might do to solve them.
Expecting more dramatic results
and not getting them
Your expectations might be too
high. See if you’re being realistic. Get information about what’s normal and
expected. Determine if more time is needed.
Or find out if you’ve overlooked
some results (e.g., feeling fit, easier to climb stairs, easier to be
If it turns out to be too
frustrating and too hard, why not get some support, just like you did when you
were losing weight? If you feel at a loss, check and see if you are as well
informed as you need to be. What about unexpected emotional reactions like
feeling anxious or down or deprived? Can you tackle these feelings now like you
did while losing weight? If not, and these feelings are getting in the way of
maintaining your achievement, why not go for professional help. Lots of people
People react negatively to your
Some people might be jealous.
Others may think you didn’t go far enough. Still other people may feel they
lost the real you, because now there’s “less” of you. It may take patience and
emotional skill to help people to accept the new you. If you want, find a
supportive family member or friend and practice on them before you tackle the
You didn’t expect weight control
to be so difficult
Once again, see if your
expectations are too high. If your expectations are in line, you might want to
get more support for the hard work you’re doing. What about building the skills
it takes. If you lost weight successfully, it meant you built skills along the
way. The same will be true for weight maintenance. You’ll have to build some
skills along the way.
If feeling satisfied about goal weight won't be an issue for
you, then feeling good about your accomplishment will help you maintain. But as you can see, if you don’t have that satisfied feeling, there are lots of things to
do to turn it around.