Get emotional and lose weight

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Do you have any unhealthy habits you’ve been meaning to get rid of? What has kept you from dropping them? Dan Ariely, a WSJ “life & culture” columnist, addresses this in response to a reader’s question. Jennifer (the reader) describes her shift from eating out on lunch breaks to packing her own lunch for work — the shift was caused by her disgust for the low-quality high-priced cafeteria food provided at her new job.

Ariely accurately states that this “a classic case where having all the right information was simply not enough to drive your desired behavior…emotions are often much more effective in getting people to behave differently. In your [Jennifer’s] case, disgust and indignation—which can be extremely powerful and motivating.” He goes on to say that the change will eventually become habit.

I knew that I was not following a healthy lifestyle at close to 340 lbs. What made me change my lifestyle? I broke a chair at a restaurant. The embarrassment was one of the motivations to lose weight and get healthy. Years later, 125 lbs+ lighter, I use the consequent health benefits of weight loss (less pain, better sleep, compliments etc.) to motivate myself to maintain.

What got you started/will get you started on your journey?

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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