Perhaps the biggest reason that permanent weight loss is so difficult is that it is stressful—for your mind and your body. And when you're stressed out, you just don’t function at your best, mentally, emotionally, or physically. The best way to minimize the negative effects of these responses to your weight loss efforts is to minimize the degree to which your diet stresses you out.
5-Point Reality Checkup The following reality checkup can help you determine whether your expectations and your attention-focusing habits are realistic, or if you need to work on them to stop unnecessary stress from hurting your weight loss efforts. Decide whether you agree (True) or disagree (False) with each of the following five statements. At the end, you'll find out if you're guilty of the most common (but unrealistic) expectations associated with weight loss stress.
- True or False: Weight loss is all about the numbers. You lose weight when you eat fewer calories than you burn.
- True or False: Will power is the foundation of weight loss success. You have to force yourself to do the things you don’t like doing until you do like them or until you lose weight, whichever happens first.
- True or False: The best motivation for losing weight is being unhappy about your present weight and appearance.
- True or False: Being brutally honest with yourself about your problems, bad habits, and character flaws is the best way to overcome these problems.
- True or False: Your own body is your worst weight-loss enemy. To lose weight, you have to constantly fight cravings, urges, and desires that are biologically based.