Myths: Weight loss is all-or-nothing

The Tortoise & The Hare

The Tortoise & The Hare

Perfectionism is the enemy of weight loss.  

Saying weight loss is all or nothing is a form of perfectionism.  One thing you learn is life is that perfectionists are miserable to live with.  They have a high divorce rate because they will never be happy with anything including their spouse.  As in marriage, successful weight loss requires flexibility.  Inflexible people become depressed and discouraged easy when things do not go their way.  

Successful lasting weight loss requires two things: consistency and confidence. These two “C’ are vitally important to weight loss and the best part is you learned all you need to know from stories in your childhood.  You learned about consistency in the Tortoise and the Hare.  You can learn about confidence by reading about The Little Engine That Could.   You will be more likely to accomplish this is through a gradual slow process that had the flexibility to recover when you do not meet your expectations.  Making radical changes or over expecting results as many perfectionists do will end in a loss of confidence and a lower level of success.

Another key point is that small changes will add up to bigger results that are sustainable over time.  Larger more radical changes will end in larger short-term results, but you will fail to learn to change the habits that caused you to gain the weight in the first place.  These small, consistent changes are the true way to lose the weight and keep it off.  

The bottom line: The “all or none” approach the weight loss leads to a higher degree of failure, so ditch this doomsday mentality.  Some weight loss is better than no weight loss.  Start your weight loss today and good luck.  

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About the Author

I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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