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The Weight Loss Process—Changing Yourself and What to Expect

Posted Feb 03 2013 5:00am

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that changing your behavior is not a linear process: put in a certain amount of effort and over a certain amount of time and you get that very same amount of self-change back.  Changing your behavior is also not a continuous process. You shouldn’t expect that pounds drop off at a certain steady rate, nor should you count on behavior changes to occur progressively from deciding to change to making the change to maintaining the change.

In fact, you will find that the weight-loss process like any set of personal changes you make will be discontinuous and non-linear. There will be sudden shifts where you can go forward or backward or nowhere. In other words, you will experience gains and losses and plateaus.

Why are we telling you this? Because forewarned is forearmed. Being well-informed can help you not feel disappointed or demoralized when you’re not moving forward, upward and onward like you think you should. Realizing that progress in changing your behavior is discontinuous and nonlinear should give you some additional stability to move forward.

 

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