Is The Path To Long Term Weight Control Linear?

When a person has more than 20 pounds to lose, it is important that the mind-set includes the concept that the weight loss will not be “linear”. Here is what I mean by this: During a long-term weight control journey, there will be weeks in which the weight will go up. This could be due to business travel, a vacation, a stressful week, etc. The previous 4 weeks may have resulted in 10 pounds of loss, but the difficult week resulted in a 2 pound gain.

Similar to the stock market that does not go up every week, your weight control journey will also have “lows” and “highs”. If the “successful” weight control weeks outperform the “weight gain” weeks, over time, that significant amount of weight loss will be realized. If you graph this out, there will not be a linear decrease from “Point A” to “Point B”. The line will show slight bumps up along the way, but ultimately the more favorable “Point B” will be attained.

The point: Do not allow a difficult week when weight gain occurs to completely through you off course. Get back on the wagon, regain your focus/resolves and move forward aggressively. That mind-set will help you get to that much healthier and happier weight.

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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