So You Cheated On Your Weight Loss Plan? Don’t Stop!

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So You Cheated On Your Weight Loss Plan Don’t Quit!

We recently had an online chat with some customers at our weight loss clinics about changing their eating plan and how they feel about it.

Most admitted that prior to their motivational program they would either suffer extreme guilt or simply throw in the towel. Fortunately, through their private consultations and the knowledgeable advice of their advisor, they have come to terms with the fact that a slip-up with a weight loss plan is very normal. Indeed, it is a wonderful opportunity to learn.

Alan Marlatt, a psychologist from the University of Washington, said, “With every new learning challenge, you expect failure. When you learn to ride a bike, you have slips and falls. When trying to learn a new language, expect mistakes. The same principle applies to learning a new behavior. What people think about mistakes seems to make the biggest difference in how quickly they get back on track. People who recover quickly (after a break in eating) are people who don't believe that a mistake is a total failure. You don't turn it on yourself. Instead, they look at the situation that caused them. "

We're all busy people trying to balance work, family, friends, fitness … and weight loss! Add Covid-19 and it's no wonder we expire every now and then. What matters is how we react. It's important to get back on track quickly.

To do this, you need to identify the events that triggered the slip in order to understand them and learn from them. Most of the time, back slips occur due to an emotion that was inevitable at that moment. Our slip-ups are mostly the result of external events, not a character flaw in you. Learn to recognize them.

Once you identify the triggers for failure, you can develop a "recovery" strategy. It's important to establish a set of behaviors or habits that will change the situation. Make your weight loss plan easy. Have a smaller dinner tonight and then minimal or no evening snacks. Repeat this behavior for three days in a row and you will see how quickly you can get back on track. This weekend, plan a longer than normal training session or plan an additional training session or two. The faster you do this, the faster your motivation will return. Rewrite or re-read your goals and review them regularly.

Think about what you accomplished when you started your weight loss program and get back to basics.

School is officially over – whatever that means – like the past 12 weeks. When the summer vacation begins, we usually have less control over ongoing events around us that affect our desire to eat well or exercise. With the pandemic everything was and will be turned upside down.

Please don't criticize yourself. Develop a strategy NOW so you can get your weight loss plan back on track quickly if you slip.

You can do it!

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