Great Expectations from long-term weight control

Truth be known, your Doctor was not very good in high school and college English courses. For some reason, Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald and many of the “classics” that were required readings were not really my “thing”. A good geometry proof, a calculous equation the periodic table of the elements, the Krebs cycle….those math and science things were my “thing”.

Today’s topic however is inspired by a 1861 novel by Charles Dickens, “Great Expectations”. For those of you like me that were not exactly turned on by these “classics”, these were a very long 561 pages to read. This weight control entry has nothing to do with Pip or any other character of Dickens, but rather, the concept of “great expectations” as this relates to your weight control efforts.

One of the very important aspects of a successful weight control journey is staying steadfast in your efforts and not “giving up”. One of the great factors in the “give up” mentality is not seeing the results you think should be occurring. If you expect to lose 3 or more pounds a week, but you are NOT a greater than 300 pound male under the age of 40, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. If your “great expectation” was losing all 40 pounds you wanted to lose in 2 months, once again, you are setting yourself up for failure.

During your long-term weight control journey temper your “Great Expectations” into “Reality Expectation” and this will lead to a much better chance of remaining motivated to continue the course.



Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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