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Recovering From A Weight Loss Setback

Sep 6, 2008
The dreaded weight loss setback....it happens to each of us at least once on our weight loss journey. We go on vacation have a great time only to come back and step on the scale. When we do, we've gained back some weight and are disappointed. Or, you could be an emotional eater who is going through a personal crisis that results in added pounds.

Dealing with a weight loss setback is a part of weight loss and probably happens to everyone at one time or another. There is probably never a time when everything in our life went according to plan. If it does then you need to write a book and let the rest of us know the trick. Assuming that it has not, it is something that we must learn to deal with or it can really bring you down and keep you there.

When this setback occurs you must make a choice between struggling to recover and continuing to slide back into old habits. Before the choice is made, we must realize something about ourselves. It's okay to slip up. Forgive yourself and forget that it ever happened.

Once you decide to struggle and recover, try to discover what caused the setback in the first place. The answer will help you to avoid repeating the same pattern again. A common cause of setbacks in weight loss is emotional eating. Unfortunately, you don't find out that you are an emotional eater until you get emotional and begin to eat.

This is not considered normal eating. Emotional eaters eat to relieve stress. You don't have to be hungry. The act of eating something that pleases you releases those same "feel good" endorphins as exercise. It's a cruel joke, I know, but there it is. The trick is to pinpoint emotional eating before you've gained too much weight.

Find someone to lose weight along with you. They will be able to encourage you and also tell you when you seem to be heading towards another weight loss setback. They can also be helpful by telling you the truth and not just what you want to hear and in turn you can do the same for them. By pointing out the good attributes to someone else, you will learn to do it for yourself.

When it comes to struggling and dealing with weight loss and the inevitable setbacks that come with it, it is never pleasant. As you battle back, your mind may tell you that you messed up. Learn to ignore it by replacing that negative feedback with positive words of encouragement. Accentuate the positive things about yourself. Are you a star at your job? Tell yourself how good you are at what you do. If you have kids, bask in the knowledge that you are a great mom or dad.

Being on a diet and dealing with a Weight loss setback is a process. Even when you lose the weight, you must work to maintain that loss and continue to be healthy and fit. Don't give up early in the game. Learn to deal with setbacks and get on with working towards your weight loss goals.
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Learn about a revolutionary new diet system and eating program that will make you lose weight WITHOUT restricting your diet to low fat or low carb foods, rather eating the right calories. Find out how to help prevent that weight loss setback.
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