Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Secrets Of Successful Weight Loss*

Weight Watchers Edition

If you haven't already guessed, I'm a big fan of Weight Watchers. Their program has helped me lose over 130 pounds, and so far has helped me keep it off. Not every weight loss plan works for everyone. But if you're going to try Weight Watchers, here are the steps you need to follow to give yourself the very best chance for success. Keep in mind that Weight Watchers is not magic. It's not rocket science, either. But it takes a certain mindset to be successful at it, and not everyone who joins is up to the task. But it can be done. And here are the steps that will help you do it:

1. Make the commitment.

Do not fool yourself. whether you need to lose 10 pounds or 200, you need to make the commitment to do it. Weight Watchers, done correctly, is about a change in your lifestyle. It is not about going on a diet. If you are not willing to make the commitment to a new lifestyle, it is very likely that you will fail. So before you even walk in the door, make sure that your mind is in the game.

2. Be accountable to yourself, for yourself.

Now that you've made the commitment, don't sabotage yourself. Don't sell yourself short. You need to believe that you are worth the time and energy that it is going to take to do this. You will also need to stand up for yourself. You are the one who is responsible for every morsel of food that goes into your mouth. Don't give that control away to anyone else!

3. Read the materials.

There is a wealth of information in the set of materials you receive when you join Weight Watchers, whether you go to meetings or join online. Don't just skim through them. Read them. Familiarize yourself with the plans. Ask questions at your meetings or on the Weight Watchers web site. There are all kinds of resources available to you. Don't be shy. Use them. That's what they're there for!

4. Follow the program, as written.

This is where it falls apart for many folks. They either follow the program half-heartedly, rely on incorrect information from other people, tweak the rules to suit themselves, or haven't read or understood the program. Whatever your reason, you need to follow the program! Weight Watchers has been in business a long time and they spend tons of money researching the science behind their program and testing it in different markets. As far as I'm concerned, in most cases they know what they're talking about.

5. Enjoy the journey.

One of the key concepts of the Weight Watchers program is that it is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change. You will need to learn to replace old unhealthy habits with new, healthier habits. But these need to be changes that you can live with, otherwise you will eventually give up because you will feel too restricted. Life is too short. Make changes you can live with and you just may be able to enjoy losing weight!

*While this post is geared towards the Weight Watchers program, the steps can be adapted to almost any program.


Kathy said...

Great post and a good reminder of points I need to keep in wonder you have been and continue to be successful. If all else the directions!

Jake Silver said...

These are excellent. Thanks for stopping by my blog and offering up the great comments so often. Glad you sort of liked Next. My wife is reading it now and she has the same reaction. Says it is good but not great.

TB--Milwaukee said...

I have been glancing at my materials a little more lately. Going through a bit of a slow period right now, but I know I'm still doing everything right.

Thanks for the reminders!

Skinny Guy said...

Thanks for the comments!