Weight Loss Is Not Sustainable if Behaviors Don’t Change

Weight Loss Is Not Sustainable if Behaviors Don’t Change

One thing that we know very clearly about weight loss, is that in order to maintain the loss, behavior must change.

Restrictive diets and vigorous exercise plans can produce weight loss results, but the weight loss tends to be temporary. In many cases, the weight loss will return once old habits resurface. To successfully maintain weight loss, it’s essential to shift the focus from just succeeding at weight loss to sustaining a lifestyle transformation that addresses many of the underlying behaviors that contributed to the original weight gain.

Sustainability is when we extend our focus beyond reacting to a certain number on the scale. Provided with tools to identify and adopt healthier habits, individuals can experience a boost in their physical and mental well-being, and improved self-esteem.  These positive changes reinforce the cycle that motivates individuals to develop healthier choices into realistic and sustainable habits. And in those moments when motivation wanes, we have the tools to keep moving forward knowing motivation will follow our positive actions.

Successful weight management is not solely about counting calories, sweating it out in  the gym, or the belief that a specific number on the scale equals health, happiness and  self-worth. It requires an integrated approach that focuses on modifying habits, attitudes, and lifestyle choices, along with a healthy understanding of an individual’s biological predisposition. Behavioral changes involve identifying triggers for overeating, emotional eating patterns, and understanding the psychological factors that influence  our relationship with food. Professional guidance can be highly beneficial for those  struggling to make the necessary changes. Building a strong support system can help individuals stay accountable and motivated throughout their weight management  journey.

Evidence based research shows very clearly that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is  realistic and sustainable if we change our underlying behaviors and have a strong  support system. High-intensity programs such as weekly group support meetings at a  minimum of two times per month have shown to be vital for making and maintaining  these lifestyle changes.

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