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Weight-Loss Failure: Can You Deal With It?

Posted Jan 19 2013 7:02am

Can you put aside your failures and move on? This is so important for successful weight loss.

In order to keep to the weight-loss regimen and reach your goal weight, you need to be able to deal effectively with failure. You will have lots of failures during the process of weight loss. One of the biggest failures will be not losing any weight. This may occur at the outset, or it most certainly will happen some time during the weight-loss process. There will be little failures, mistakes that you make, wrong moves, false starts, disappointments—lots of little failures.

Dealing effectively with failure usually requires you to shift your focus from one internal state, like feeling down, feeling frustrated, being angry with yourself, feeling ashamed or guilty, to another internal state, like feeling hopeful, forgiving yourself, or feeling capable. Of course, some people can shield themselves from the effects of failing better than others.

Do you have the emotional wherewithal to move on from failing? Can you effectively shield yourself from the impact of failing and keep going on your weight-loss course?

If you need help with the emotional side of weight loss, please go to The Reading Room and the White Paper, both of which are in the left-hand column of this blog at Or, if you want to have an actual book or an e-book to read through and refer to, check out the weight-loss books for women section on the right-hand side of this blog. They are all about using psychology to lose weight.

If you need more specific help, email us at and we’ll point you in the right direction.


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