This is part 2 of my two-part series on weight loss strategies that guarantee failure. In part one I claimed skipping meals is the number one reason you will fail to lose weight.
The same can be said about trying to lose weight by relying on willpower.
Just imagine how ludicrous it would’ve been if Columbus had decided to step on a row boat one morning (without any provisions), convinced he’s going to land in India quite soon. We all know what happened – in reality Columbus planned his expedition for years, and even then his journey wasn’t quite successful. 🙂
Similarly, in weight loss, a decision to restrict your eating from now on is not going to take you very far.
The worst thing you can do is combine both strategies: skip meals and then hope your willpower is enough to keep you out of trouble. It might work for some time, but when you hit the next rough patch in your life, your house of cards is guaranteed to come down. Always.
Recent research has shown that self-control is a limited resource, so the best strategy is to avoid taxing it if it’s not necessary. And If you don’t go hungry in the first place, there’s no need to strain your willpower to a breaking point.
The point I’m trying to make is two-fold: 1) don’t go hungry even when dieting and 2) plan your weight loss, don’t just rely on willpower.
Even though successful weight loss is often portrayed as something simple, the older I get the more I’m convinced it’s like an intricate puzzle with (possibly) hundreds of pieces. I guess I should be grateful that after 30 years of toiling I’ve already discovered two weight loss strategies that don’t “fit”! 🙂
I’ve heard women in their 70’s still ponder about going on a latest fad diet and hope to avoid that fate.
Well, some pieces are obviously missing from my puzzle because I’m still overweight.