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Why Diets Fail and Tips on What You Can Do To Be A Success

Why Diets Fail and Tips on What You Can Do To Be A Success

Suzie Cooney, CPT

Are you a chronic dieter?  How many fad diets have you tried? Diets statistically just   don’t work.  The pounds come off you put them on again, and so the yo-yo cycle continues.

When we set out to go on a “diet” we are not truly committed. Take the word “diet” out of your language and replace with “lifestyle.”  Also, instead of using the word “lose” replace with “shed”. It also requires you to dig deep and discover what is the true convincing factor, as to why you want to shed the weight once and for all. It has to come from deep within and include daily reinforcement.

Most diets are simply not sustainable.  It’s going to take more than just a book, a few low- cal recipes and a DVD they sell to go with it, to make the critical mental shift. Depriving yourself, viewing your diet as a miserable journey adds to the failure component.

Diets also fail because our expectations are too high. We are a society of instant gratification. One needs to be patient, make simple changes and recognize your mistakes and not beat yourself up over them. Move on.   Long term goals are good, but set short term goals that you can achieve daily and weekly will add to your overall success.

Fad diets set you up to fail. Right around the corner of a good day, a ferocious binge awaits. Surround yourself with supportive people who don’t sabotage your efforts.

For every 3-5 pounds you lose, everything starts to feel better! You have more energy, your stress levels drop, your blood pressure drops and your joints of your body and move more freely.

In closing, my clients who are seriously successful with their shedding of weight are serious about their portions and measuring their food. They are also very good at keeping simple food journals to help them keep on course.

Keep up the good work everyone! Aloha,

Suzie Cooney, CPT

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Weight Gain and Midlife Emotions, What’s Going On?

As many women approach their 40’s and 50’s, one can begin to mysteriously gain weight, sometimes due to reasons that are  physically out of our control. Learning more about your body and the response of the body to certain external and internal stress factors can help one cope tremendously.

I have many clients who complain about these physical and psychological changes and then once we put the two together, we can make the necessary changes to help. Like monitoring what you eat, why, when and how much. Are you an emotional eater?

I discovered a very helpful article, that addresses this topic and gives a better understanding as to what emotional issues might lead to this weight gain, as well as the importance of seeking professional guidance to make sure all is in order.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The midlife years can be particularly challenging for women. You face perhaps the most emotionally charged—and quite possibly most frustrating—time of your life in terms of trying to maintain an ideal body weight. Emotional issues that may have been suppressed for years can surface during midlife. Divorce, financial burdens, retirement, empty nesting, a parent’s illness or death, career moves and residential changes often occur, along with unpleasant menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, memory loss, slowed metabolism, mood swings, redistribution of body weight and sexual difficulties. These issues are only made worse by the constant barrage of unhealthy, unrealistically thin images foisted on women by the media. Failure to meet society’s ideal female body image can be another major source of emotional stress.”

Click here to read more.

If I can help you or someone you know who may be dealing with this issue, I’m here to lend a knowledgeable hand. My years of experience in helping many women get through these times is very rewarding. I’ve seen many positive outcomes and sometimes, all it takes it someone you can trust and guide you.  You can do it!

In good health and aloha,

Suzie Cooney, CPT

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