I know it’s hard to resist; “New Year Weight Loss Tips”. New Year’s weight loss is literally the #1 New Year’s Resolution.
So, if you’re feeling tempted to research 2014 New Year weight loss tips, driven by post holiday eating and the fantasy that everything in your life would just be so much better if you were thinner (really?), please stop and read this first.
I admit I used to get triggered this time a year. In truth, back in the day, I was weight loss focused all year long. But come New Years, usually after seeing some celebrity weight loss commercial or before-and-after weight loss pictures on the internet, I’d especially start to feel that tremendous pull.
Even for several years after I stopped dieting, come New Years, I’d hear this tiny voice in my head say,” Maybe I should do a New Year’s Diet, just to lose a few pounds, then I’ll go back to healthy eating?”
Thank God, I SOOOOOOOOOO over that; trying to implement New Year weight loss tips, the subsequent weight gain (and then some) that followed the initial deprivation and weight lost, and let’s not forget the resulting shame and added desperation!
So, with that in mind, I’m sharing this excerpt from Dr. Linda Bacon’s book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight © 2010 (reprinted with Linda’ permission). I hope reading it will help you have a much healthier, happier year than the what’s likely to follow the desperate pursuit of new year weight loss tips.
A MESSAGE FOR PEOPLE CONSIDERING THEIR NEXT DIET
This is for you if you are contemplating your next weight loss
attempt. Maybe you’re making a list of the foods you plan to give up,
the food journal you plan to keep, the calorie-counting you’ll do.
You’re picturing the deprivation and the forced exercise, resenting it
but feeling that there’s no other way to get the body you want, the
smaller body you crave. You’re also thinking about all the wonderful
rewards that come with a thinner you, such as attention, admiration,
and respect. The possibility of thinness is stronger than any concern
about how hard and uncomfortable it will be to get there. You’re
motivated and ready!
Before you jump on the diet bandwagon yet again, however, I’d
like to encourage you to think farther into the future—after you lose
weight. Think two years from now, when it’s quite likely that you’ll
have returned to your starting weight, maybe even higher. I understand
that you don’t want to consider this. You’re probably tempted
to stop reading now and are angry at the spoilsport “friend” who
slipped you this paper.
Indulge me for just a few more paragraphs. I don’t intend to take
away your hope, but, instead, to help you reframe your thoughts so
you can actually achieve what you’re looking for.
It’s way too easy to believe that a thin body will right everything
wrong in your world. That your life will automatically improve once
you’re thin enough to take the steps you feel your weight prevents
you from taking today. But it won’t. The reality is that this fantasy of
weight loss is what’s stopping you from achieving your dreams—not
your weight itself. The pursuit of weight loss rarely produces the
thin, happy life many people dream of.
It’s also way too easy to believe that you can control your weight
through disciplined diet and exercise. The science just doesn’t support
that myth. The reality is that biologic safeguards underlie your
body’s resistance to maintaining weight loss. Research demonstrates
that most people, regardless of willpower or diet or exercise, regain
the weight they lose. In fact, research shows that dieting is a strong
predictor of weight gain! It’s not your fault that you are among the
majority who hasn’t been able to keep off the weight thus far.
I’m not asking you to give up on your dreams. What I am suggesting
is that you move on. When you stop trying to control your
weight, you allow your body to do the job for you—naturally and
much more effectively. If you stop fighting yourself, achieving and
maintaining a weight that is healthy for your body becomes effortless.
Just think how much fun it would be if you didn’t have to worry
about your weight!
Curious about the science that supports this? Want strategies and
support for getting in tune with your body? Check out Health at Every
Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight (www.HAESbook.com).
Health at Every Size has been evaluated in several research studies,
the results published in top scientific journals. Adopting a
Health at Every Size lifestyle can give you what you want much more
effectively than a diet ever will. You have nothing to lose by trying.
And be nice to the friend who gave you this! He or she is trying
to support you in achieving your goals.
Excerpt from Dr. Linda Bacon’s book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight © 2010
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Ellen Shuman is a pioneer in the field of Binge Eating Disorder; a Life Coach who specializes in helping people overcome emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), A Founding Member and Past President of BEDA; The Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”. For information about Coaching Services, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-321-4242.