Believe it or not, despite all the information available about
diets, dieting, and weight loss, there are still many falsely held and
untested beliefs. The 95% figure comes from one small study of one
hundred consecutive patients treated for obesity at a hospital
nutrition clinic in 1959. There have been no definitive studies about
the number of people who actually fail on diets since then. Exposing
myths such as this is important if you are to have the right tools to
achieve your weight loss goal.
What counters myths is real knowledge. Real knowledge does not come
from what you think is true or what you' ve heard is true. It comes from
study, careful fact finding, weighing the evidence. It comes from a
willingness to seek answers that truly fit the circumstances. It comes
from questioning your own closely held beliefs that you might treasure,
fear, or even hate.
Untested beliefs fill the annals of all fields of study, including
medicine, psychology, astronomy, biology, and they are firmly implanted
in all walks of life as well - old wives tales, superstitions, gossip.
In medicine, for example, physicians once believed that no one would
ever be able to operate on the heart.
Can you examine your knowledge about dieting and weight loss to see
what myths you are holding on to? What about looking very closely at
those unshakable beliefs you might have about your own ability to
diet. If you think of yourself as a bad dieter, is this belief based on
real facts or just falsely held "truths"?
For example, a belief held by many dieters who go off their diet
somewhere along the way, is that they don' t have the weight loss
motivation it takes. Is this a falsely held belief or is it the truth?
Do you find yourself thinking this way, that you don' t have enough
weight loss motivation? If so, have you examined the facts, the actual
facts, not just what you think or what you' ve heard as true?
Here' s one fact: With any change in behavior there are regressive
episodes, times when the person changing her behavior reverts to her
previous, old behavior. The process of self change cannot be graphed as
an unbroken line moving always forward and upward. The overall result
is forward and upward, but the actual course of self-change includes
dips as well. So to conclude that you don' t have the motivation it
takes to lose weight because you have slips and lapses, because you
fall off your diet at times, is really not a fact. This may be one of
those closely held diet or weight loss myths that you really need to
let go of.