Why can’t I lose this weight?!?

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If you’re one of many asking this question, it may be because you’re intimidated, or overwhelmed, by the lifestyle changes you have to undergo to succeed in weight loss and maintenance. Knowing that you’re overweight/obese, and in dire need to get your health back may not be motivation enough to fully drop bad habits and immerse yourself in healthy living. It’s just part of being human. You need to take one step at a time. Accept that weight loss takes time – should take time- in order for you to succeed and maintain. Like I say, “be the tortoise, not the hare.

I read an interesting NYT article, a while back, that comments on a father’s blunt email to his children. He tells them to stop behaving irresponsibly, to get their acts together; for the sake of his grandchildren. The author (of the article) points out that “people don’t behave badly because they lack information about their shortcomings. They behave badly because they’ve fallen into patterns of destructive behavior from which they’re unable to escape.” The frustrated father’s email isn’t going to motivate his children to get their lives together… well, public knowledge of their shortcomings might do the trick. The author states,

There’s a trove of research suggesting that it’s best to tackle negative behaviors obliquely, by redirecting attention toward different, positive ones

Pick out a small goal and lay out measurable steps toward it.

I couldn’t agree more. Note your goals and set out, slowly but surely, to achieve them. Don’t be discouraged when you don’t see any visible changes at first, just measure and record. There are plenty of trackers that make it easy to quantify your progress. Stay positive, and refer to your list of goals to stay on track whenever bad temptations knock on your door. Be the tortoise, not the hare!

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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