Is It Much of a Stretch . . .

. . . to change “quitting smoking” in this quote to “dieting”?  

“Quitting smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know. I’ve done it a thousand times.”

 Mark Twain

For so many people in our diet-driven culture, losing weight is a serial activity.  When approached with a  more long-reaching outlook – and a good dose of patience – great improvements are possible.  Real changes simply take time.

I like to ask clients this question:  Where would you like to be in 6 months, at the same weight or higher (after losing the same 5-10 pounds 3 or more times and gaining them back), or 15-25 pounds lighter with some genuinely different habits?  The answer is obvious, so why do so many people behave as if they prefer to yo-yo back and forth?

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2 responses to “Is It Much of a Stretch . . .

  1. Since you asked the question… My answer is this. Because everyone is hoping that the latest fad diet they’re on will be THE ONE – the “magic bullet” of weight loss. When they realize it’s not happening like the book, DVD, magazine, or website said it would… They stop and get back to real life until the next miracle diet comes along. The only real plan is one that becomes one with your real life.

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