What Triggered Your Weight Loss Decision?
Written by Thin Thin
Getting prepared for weight loss results.
An event or a particular situation almost-always triggers a weight reduction plan. To better understand your quest for weight loss, it's important to identify the reason (or reasons) why you decided to lose weight.
Was it due to a new year - the ability to start with a clean Diet Slate? Was it a desire to achieve a healthier state of health? Did you decide to go on a diet due to health concerns? For a more attractive physical appearance? For a special event? For your family? Was your new diet plan based on doctor's orders? These are a few of the most common reasons why individual's start a weight loss plan.
The Importance of the Reason Behind the Diet Decision
Much of the success of your weight loss or diet plan resides in 'the reason why you decided to lose weight'. Weight Loss Motivation is key to weight loss, and for anyone who has ever been on a weight reduction plan, they know how tough weight loss can be.
If twenty-five year old Dieter Joe was ordered to drop fifty pounds by his doctor to reduce his risk for future health issues as he ages, he may not be as motivated as his father, sixty-five year old Dieter Joe Sr. who MUST drop the excess weight after experiencing a life-threatening heart attack.
If Dieter Cindy is planning on attending the tenth anniversary of her high school reunion and wants to lose forty pounds before the event, she is less likely to permanently keep off the lost weight than Dieter Judy who plans to lose her forty excess pounds to reduce her risk for diabetes. In addition, Dieter Judy has three children, including a little tot. She needs to stay healthy - not only for herself, but also for them. In addition, Dieter Judy is aware of the pain that her loved ones could experience because of her overweight condition due to the illnesses that often accompany excess weight and diabetes. Losing weight has a high probability of avoiding such conditions while eliminating unnecessary stress on her family and loved ones.
Simply put, the stronger the reason for weight loss, the higher the odds of Diet Success.
And once the excess weight is lost, a new challenge begins that is vastly more challenging than weight loss: keeping the excess weight off permanently. Only a very small percentage of dieters who lose weight will keep the weight off permanently. Food addictions are difficult at best to overcome, because we must live to eat. Very few diet or weight loss plans mention this challenging aspect of weight loss.
This certainly isn't to say, "Why should I diet and lose weight if the weight gain odds are against me? Why go through all that work, all those hunger pains, all that crummy, sweaty activity?"
In fact, knowing this information AND being aware of the Weight Gain Risks following ANY diet or weight loss plan can indeed empower and strengthen the post-dieter's ability to keep the weight off forever.
An example: About thirty-five years ago, as a young adult I had my tonsils removed. Unfortunately, it wasn't elective, rather necessary as they had become dangerously abscessed. Following the surgery, my doctor advised me to be very careful because the area that had been operated upon could start bleeding and I could hemorrhage before I could reach a hospital. He instructed me to gargle with ice water in that event.
Well, with my rotten luck, I was out in the middle of nowhere - at my parents house who lived so far out in the country, no amount of bread crumbs could mark the trail to home and back again. The nearest hospital was quite a distance. And 'it' happened. My mouth was suddenly a cave of blood; I rushed outdoors and opened my mouth and blood was running down in a steady stream. Everyone was going nuts - panicking, screaming, "she's going to bleed to death!". I managed to tell them to collect me a glass of ice water with mostly ice - which they did while another family member contacted my doctor's office. The bleeding quickly subsided after I gargled with the ice water.
Bottom line: If my doctor had not warned me of the bleeding risks in addition as to what to do in that event, that situation could have ended my life.
In turn, as I'm standing here - ringing the weight gain warning bell, please remember that once the weight is gone, you must work even harder to ensure that you do not regain the weight.
The terrible thing about regaining lost weight is that the individual generally gains more weight than they lost. The good news is that once the extra pounds are lost, the dieter experiences so many positive things - such as better health, sharper mental abilities, anda thinner more appealing body. Those good things are true motivators that can assist in keeping the weight permanently off.
A healthy prescription to prevent weight gain following dieting is to balance the number of calories consumed and expended by the body daily. Sounds difficult? While it's difficult to execute, the formula is very simple. Here are the steps to assist with permanent weight loss:
- Determine the number of calories that will support the nutritional needs of your body based on height and gender. Although other factors such as body frame size impact weight, this is a great starting point. After the weight loss process has been completed, you should have an excellent idea of your ideal weight (the weight within the recommended weight ranges at which you feel your best). Build your daily diet with these calories by using food recommendations from the Food Pyramid Groups.
- A healthy body requires a healthy dose of activity so pair your life-plan with such. And of course, activity not only helps tone the body, those extra muscles take more energy (calories) to support than fat. Another plus is that energy (activity) burns off energy (calories).