Are you among the 64% of Americans whose New Year’s resolution dies after the first three weeks? The number one New Year’s resolution is, not surprisingly, to lose weight. So why do so many people quit after the first few weeks?
The most likely reason is that the diet plans people commit to in January are just not sustainable. So what is sustainability, anyways? In simple terms, sustainability is the ability to be maintained at a certain level or time range. Millions of people who have specific weight loss goals do reach that goal; however, what happens after they have lost the weight? Research shows that weight regain after weight loss is an extremely likely outcome. In fact, something like 95% of people who have lost weight will gain it all back, and sometimes even more, within 5 years – essentially meaning, these diets do not work. If you have started a diet that you know you cannot stick to for 6 months, a year, or the rest of your life, then you have set yourself up for failure.
I cannot tell you how many clients I work with that have tried every diet in the book. These individuals have been yo-yo dieting their entire lives – losing 20 pounds, gaining 30 back, losing 25 pounds, gaining 30 back (think Oprah). When I work with these types of clients we immediately work on stopping this kind of behavior, while implementing a lifestyle plan that can be maintained for the long run. The objective is always a sustainable approach that will gradually get them to their goal. Here are some strategies that I use:
Allison Tropf, MS, RD, CSSD
Allison is a Sports Dietitian in Michigan. She enjoys helping others reach their nutrition and fitness goals through reliable and trustworthy recommendations.
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