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Using Weight-Loss Psychology to Prevent Gaining Weight You’ve Lost

Posted Sep 26 2010 3:38am

It has been shown in clinical studies that people are more likely not to regain lost weight if their clinical treatment is extended into the weight maintenance phase.    

What does this mean for you if you are one of the millions of women do-it-yourselfers who are not in a treatment program? It means you have to do it for yourself. But this should be nothing new. You did it for yourself when you were losing weight. You might have had the company of other women, but it was no treatment program.

What the take-away message is for do-it-yourselfers is that you have to keep doing what got you here. You especially need to keep up the mind-states so that you can still use mind over what matters.  

To help you do this, there are some clinically proven psychological paths to follow:

Continue to work on having confidence in your ability to keep weight off                                 

Stay as realistic as you can about your expectations so they’re achievable

Learn to respond to your relapse warning signs as quickly as possible  

Remember the benefits as well as the liabilities of being too heavy

Establish lots of short-term goals and have lots of success with them

Make sure your long-term goal(s) are not all about food and weight

Ask for help and get support (this parallels the support of a treatment program)


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