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Using Psychology to Lose Weight Means Using Multiple Ways of Weight Monitoring

Posted Aug 16 2012 1:02pm

One thing all women do when they are trying to lose some weight is to monitor how they are doing. The most popular method to monitor weight-loss is to keep track of how many pounds you have lost.

Unfortunately, pounds-lost works only if pounds are actually lost. There will be times when you don’t lose any pounds. This happens to everyone during the weight-loss process. There are weight-loss plateaus, when your weight doesn’t budge. Let’s say you have lost 16 pounds in the weeks leading up to the plateau. For the past three weeks, though, you have not lost a single pound more. This can be terribly discouraging. It can even make you want to quit. “What’s the use,” you might say to yourself. “I’m not getting anywhere anyhow.”

No pounds lost is the time to turn to other measures of how you are doing.

Another customary way to gage weight-loss progress is to see how your clothes fit. Are they still tight? Are they as tight? They are a little loose on you now after a month of losing weight. Or, you now take one size smaller. Or, after a long time working away at losing weight: you can fit into an old pair of jeans.

There are other ways to monitor too. Lots of them. How many ways can you think of? Can you think of 5 more food-and-eating-connected ways of monitoring? Can you think of 5 nonfood ways of monitoring how you are doing at losing unwanted weight? Yes, you heard right—nonfood matters that have a bearing on you and weight loss. (Hint for one of these: 10 letters, starting with M and ending in N  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __ )


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