Honesty in weight management: overlooked but important
When I am working with people who are looking for long term success in managing their weight we often talk about all of the typical barriers, challenges, and pit falls you might expect. From potlucks, to weekend dinners on the town, to stressful moments or lazying on the couch.
What people forget to bring up, but is so important to discuss, is the topic of honesty. Honesty in weight management is so important because there is so much dishonesty in this area. From fad diets, to miracle supplements, to outrageous ideas there is no shortage of over promising in this desperate world of losing weight.
What I find fascinating is how effective honest discussion can be as a remedy for this. I ask that participants in my program be honest with themselves, with their loved ones, and with me about what is really happening and what they really need. In turn I am always completely honest with them, even when the truth is maybe not what they want to hear.
If you are starting on this journey of weight management, or somewhere down the road already it is time to start being honest with yourself. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to get started:
1. who in my life is making weight management difficult?
If you have a partner, family member, or friend that is bringing foods around you that are difficult to manage an honest conversation about your needs is a great place to start.
2. do I expect to do this for while and then go back to my old lifestyle?
Whatever changes you make to lose weight or the same things you need to keep it off. Our bodies and brains change during weight loss in a way that makes it easier to regain the weight we lost, so be honest with yourself about what is realistic.
3. what are the challenges that hold me back from managing my weight?
Rather than trying the next fad that will only work for a little while, start by honestly reviewing your life to see where the changes need to happen and then find a program that addresses those challenges. If you are an emotional eater you need a program that helps with emotional eating, not a program that offers a meal plan that is low in calories or carbs.
4. what hasn't work for me in the past?
Let your experience be your guide. If your experience with past diets has shown you that they only work for a little while, and then stop working, be honest with yourself and find a more realistic approach. Start with question 3 and find the right fit for you.
If you are having trouble answering these questions it may be a good time to talk to your family doctor or a registered dietitian.
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