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Weight-Loss Advice—For What It’s Worth

Posted Nov 02 2012 5:00am

How many times have you heard or read that in order to lose your unwanted weight you have to change what you eat? You have to avoid certain foods and beverages. Cut out the fat and the salt. Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables. Eat fruit instead of reaching for a salty snack food between meals.

And…what happened? Did you do it? If you did it, how long did it last?

That’s the problem with straight-up advice. Almost no one who has excess weight to lose takes this kind of advice. Or if they take it—listen to it and know it, even do it for a time, they can’t really count on the advice helping them sustain their weight-loss effort.

So what’s the answer? It looks like the best answer is to understand that the weight-loss process requires more than just advice. People who want to lose weight need something a lot more powerful than advice. One power tool that is readily available is the weight-loss diet. But again, the weight-loss diet is only as effective as the dieter who is using it. Adherence to the diet is what determines successful weight loss. Thus, the second power tool is what helps you to adhere and gets you to stay on your diet. This is where using psychology to lose weight comes in. Using psychology to lose weight is the second power tool.

What’s so psychological about losing weight is “getting yourself to” do what it takes emotionally, motivationally, and behaviorally to stick to the weight-loss regimen. That’s why advice about what to eat and when not to eat goes unheeded. Such advice doesn’t even come near what people who want to lose weight need to know.

 

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