Weight loss tip: Try, Try Again

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Don’t quit, try again.  

Weight loss tip 137 - Dont quit, try again

Weight loss tip 137 – Don’t quit, try again

We live in one of the most prosperous nations in existence.  How do we prove that? Our waistlines.  We continue to expand our waists more and more, and we fail to learn from our prior attempts so may we should just quit.  Wrong!

Success

There are approximately 320 million people in the United States[1].  68% of us are overweight or obese.  At any given time, about 50% of overweight people are trying to lose weight, and 25% are working to keep from gaining weight.  But the good news is that you are part of the 75% trying to do something about it.  It is evident that the United States is prosperous based on their waist circumferences and most will fail in their attempts to meet their goal.  

One of the most difficult things about losing weight is finding what works for you.  Whether we have tried commercial diet plans (Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, etc.) or cobbled together something on our own, we have all tried multiple programs.  According to a study in the UK, the average woman had attempted 61 diet plans by the time she is 40 years old, spending just 15 days on each of those programs before they quit[2] 

How do we stay motivated to keep trying until we find what works for each of us?  The commercially available schemes have years of research and development behind them, yet they are continuously being updated.  We should not punish ourselves if what we try is not working.  Change things up.  Find another option.  Just don’t give up.  Remember this one thing: nobody gets it perfect the first time so, try, try again.  Like a smoker quitting the cancer sticks, the more you try, the more likely you will eventually be successful.  Besides, you have not truly failed unless you quit trying, so this is only a delay in meeting your goal.  

The bottom line:  Try again because you are not a failure until you quit trying.  As with smokers, most dieters are not successful the first time, but the more attempts you try, the high the probability you will be successful, so try, try again.  

References

[1]
“Overweight and Obesity Statistics,” National Institutes of Health. [Online]. Available: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/Pages/overweight-obesity-statistics.aspx. [Accessed: 2017]
[2]
S. WHITELOCKS , “Trendy crash diets this New Year are likely to last just 15 days and could end up with women weighing MORE  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2081315/Trendy-crash-diets-New-Year-likely-just-15-days-end-women-weighing-MORE.html#ixzz4XkbwRUsO  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook,” Daily Mail, 02-Jan-2012. [Online]. Available: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2081315/Trendy-crash-diets-New-Year-likely-just-15-days-end-women-weighing-MORE.html. [Accessed: 2017]
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ChuckH
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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