I was reading an article on CNN.com today, and I was blown away by how refreshingly logical it was. Sometimes, we are so stuck on what it will be like when we are “skinny,” that we forget to spend any time coming up with strategies on how we will STAY at our goal weight. That’s the trick, right?
When I was on my SlimGenics Program, I was always worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep the weight off once I reached my goal. I know now that I had nothing to worry about because SlimGenics sets you up for success by giving you all the tools you need to use when and if you need them. Yes, it is scary to add off-plan foods back into your diet because you are unsure how your body will react to them, but that is why you don’t do it all at once. You add foods back in gradually, and, if you react poorly to one, then you know what you have to watch and getting back to your goal weight is as easy as resuming “on-plan” activity for a little while to get back to your baseline weight.
I use this philosophy every day, and that’s why I have been able to keep my weight off since 2004.
If you go into your SlimGenics Program assuming that you will be able to keep it off after you reach your goal, you are doing yourself a favor. There are so many weight loss plans that assume you only have your goal in mind; not life after the goal. This is precisely why so many other diet plans may be successful initially, but not in the long run. Those programs do not teach lifestyle changes and what it really means to form new, healthier habits that will keep you well for life.
Many people trying to lose weight achieve their goal, then regain 30-50 percent of their weight back within one year of reaching goal. Michaela Kiernan, an expert in behavioral weight management at the Stanford Prevention Research Center said, “There’s something we’re missing in terms of what it takes to maintain our weight.” We know that to be true, which is why SlimGenics provides counseling, either in person or over the phone.
Together with our clients, we essentially are “practicing” for weight maintenance…what life will be like as someone at a healthy weight. We reinforce your ability to be successful and offer positive reinforcement for every achievement along your weight loss (and maintenance) journey.
The study featured in the CNN article noted that the two characteristics needed for long-term weight maintenance were motivation and confidence. I know those are not always easy to come by, but please know that’s exactly why we’re here. On those days when you need someone to tell it to you straight or praise you when you chose the apple rather than the cookie, we are here for you. Please, use the SlimGenics Program Advisors to your advantage. Pretty soon, you won’t even need us because you’ll have developed the confidence and inner motivation to do it yourself, without even thinking.