One of my specialties is helping clients to achieve long-term sustainable healthy weight loss. I have an extensive background in this area.
I used to work for a major behavioral modification weight loss clinic in Manhattan. During my time there, I learned not just about the physical components of weight loss, but much more importantly the mental components... how to break old stubborn habits and establish new healthier ones.
The sad truth is, most people who go about losing weight utilize a very poor strategy, and end up making a host of significant mistakes which make it nearly impossible for them to succeed.
These mistakes are so common because virtually no one is properly educated on how to go about achieving weight loss in a realistic sustainable fashion that actually works long-term.
Just to give you a better idea of what I'm talking about...
An example of one of these mistakes is, "short-term vs long-term thinking" – this involves having a lack patience and complete disregard for taking a gradual, slow and steady approach.
People who make this mistake try to lose weight way too quickly by using extreme methods such as impossible-to-stick-to diets, diet pills, or other short-term gimmicks.
They might be able to get themselves to stick to a grueling diet or exercise plan for a few weeks or months, but eventually, it's all going to fall apart and they will inevitably gain all the weight back and oftentimes even more.
If you have a lot of weight to lose, it's a delicate process… and you're going to have to learn to take your time with it and operate more like the tortoise and less like the hare because long-term, sustainable weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint.
Another huge mistake that pretty much everyone makes is what's known as "all or nothing thinking" – this occurs when you have difficulty finding balance and instead go from one extreme to another. An example of this would be starving yourself one day and then binge eating the next... also known as "yo yo" dieting.
If you've ever fell off your diet on a Thursday and ended up saying, I'll just start again fresh on Monday, then you have fallen into this dreadful trap of "all or nothing thinking"!
There are dozens of other mistakes I could talk about, but I don't want to spend too much time going into the complexity of this right now...
The bottom line is, these mistakes can be very destructive to your health and your feelings. The emotional roller coaster of losing weight only to gain it back again needs to stop, and a more effective approach needs to be implemented if you ever expect to find a real solution and reach some level of peace in this matter.
So if you're truly serious about resolving your weight issues, permanently... which involves gradually changing your habits and establishing a healthier lifestyle, then I'd very much like to meet with you and see what we can do to get you moving in the right direction.