Many people often think about losing weight but stop short of actually attempting to do so. Deep down, they know that carrying the extra pounds is not good for them. The problem is, just knowing that being overweight is bad is not enough to push them to sustained action. Much like wanting to quit smoking, knowing it’s bad for you doesn’t necessarily induce people to quit doing it. However, if you were to find some really powerful reasons to quit smoking, like your doctor telling you that if you don’t quit, you may lose the battle against lung cancer next year, or your daughter begging you to quit because she wants you around, that might make you just do it.
Is there an easy way to succeed in weight control?
You have probably read many articles that began with some variation on the proposition: “weight control is confusing, and this article will clear up the confusion for you,” and yet after reading them you just felt more confused. So, if we were to say that this article aims to “once and for all” clear up the confusion, we would hope that your completely rational response would be to stop reading immediately. Therefore, we shall make no promises of that sort!
When is the “right time” to start working on better weight control?
For some people the idea of starting to work on better weight control a few days before a holiday or a vacation sounds impossible, and they will instead resolve to leap into action as soon as the event is over. Their attitude is, “have fun now, pay later,” like those who run up big credit card bills buying gifts they can’t really afford.
The Stages of Weight Control Mastery
There are 7 stages of weight control which include the unmotivated stage, the concerned but disengaged stage, the contemplation stage, as well as the novice, intermediate, mastery and expert stages.
Overcoming internal obstacles to successful weight control
A person wakes up one day and realizes that s/he is in bad shape, being overweight and already showing signs of poor fitness and at risk for serious diseases and reduced longevity.
It may be a doctor who has made this reality extremely clear, or it may be other events and experiences that lead someone to this realization about their current health and fitness levels.
When this “awakening” happens, and not before, then a door is opened to the potential for greater wellness. Once one has grasped the seriousness of the current state and glimpsed the possibility of improving it, then the motivation to change will be there.
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