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
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.