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Weight-Control Techniques: Will You Have to Use Them Even After You Lose All Your Unwanted Weight

Posted Dec 09 2012 7:22am

Does long-term weight control require everlasting commitment to weight control behavior?

Can you imagine losing all your unwanted weight, keeping it off forever after losing it, and having to use various weight control techniques to continue keeping the weight off?

Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to lose a lot of weight and keep the weight off forever without having to be so mindful of how much you eat, when you eat, and what you eat?

We are creatures of habit, and that’s both a good thing and a bad thing. When you break your old eating habits, the ones that made you gain so much weight and prevented you from losing weight, and learn new eating habits, the ones that made you lose unwanted weight and maintain weight loss, shouldn’t your new habits, established as they now are, be what you can rely on?

Habit change should be sufficient, and you shouldn’t have to continue being so mindful of every little this and that you do with regard to eating.

A way to make sure your new eating habits work like this for you is take the old emotional motivations out of eating so much food or eating too many calorie-rich foods. While you’re dieting to lose your unwanted weight, if you work on the emotional reasons you were eating like you did, then when it comes to keeping your lost weight off, you will have developed eating habits that reflect your effort and your success with laying these emotional reasons to rest.

 

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