Ask anyone who has been struggling to achieve a healthy weight and lifestyle. They’ll tell you that it’s not an easy thing to do, mainly because there is a huge difference between knowing what to do andactually doing it.
There is no magic pill, no secret technique or approach that can solve this problem for you. It will take time, hard work and persistence to get yourself where you want to be. But there are several things you can do (and think) that can make all that hard work a little easier and greatly improve your chances of success.
SparkPeople’s Mind Over Body plan is designed to give you the tools you need to identify, work through, and overcome the most common emotional and mental (attitude) problems that people face when they set out to change their lifestyles.
Mind Over Body is a 10-step plan. The first five steps describe tools you can use to get past the five most common problems that people run into:
The second five steps will help you make the shift from “diet” to “lifestyle” change – whether you need to lose weight or not. Diets don’t work. Even if you manage to survive all the unpleasantness of depriving yourself long enough to get to your weight goal, your odds of regaining the weight when you stop “dieting” are higher than 90%. By making the shift from diet mode to lifestyle mode, you’ll be able to put aside the habits that got you overweight or unhappy once and for all. You’ll develop skills that will not only make these changes less stressful and more enjoyable, but also keep the weight off and help you achieve other important life goals.
Here are some of the basic differences between a diet and a lifestyle change:
Within each of the 10 steps in the Mind Over Body Plan, you’ll find two basic types of information. First, you’ll see something similar to the “emergency treatment” you get from your doctor when you are having a medical problem. This advice is designed to deal with symptoms and help you get back to “normal” functioning as quickly as possible. Second, each step will link to information that is more similar to “preventive” medicine. It’s designed to help you improve your health and wellness so that you are less vulnerable to illness and injury in the first place.
Both sets of information are necessary and important for long-term weight loss success.
We strongly encourage you to read through all 10 steps as soon as you can and follow the suggestions provided. During your weight loss journey, forewarned is forearmed; knowing which problems you’re likely to run into (and solutions that really work) can help you minimize the effects of these problems, and get on top of them quickly. Then, if you find yourself struggling repeatedly with a problematic behavior, attitude, or feeling, you can come back and do some more detailed work on the step(s) relevant to that problem.
And remember—whatever information or practical suggestions you might find in these articles is no substitute for the kind of mutual support available out on the Message Boards. So, make sure you don’t stop after reading this material. Visit the Message Boards to give and receive the support we all need to be successful at lifelong weight management.
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