A Doctor "weighs in" on my Weight Loss Tips

My weight loss tips are still as valid today as they were when I originally organized them. To my point, Dr. Mark Cohen took the time to comment on them a few minutes ago:

I think your 50 points on weight loss are “on target.” However, they make the process of weight reduction appear to be one primarily based upon self motivation and the will to succeed. Although self motivation is a vital ingredient, we know that it readily gets increased and decreased depending upon what else is going on in our day to day lives. Your number 43 for example, (Train Wrecks Will Happen), assumes that when people attempting to change their lifestyle have a “lapse” in judgment and behavior, that they will simply be able to get back to their weight reduction program. This has not been the case with many of the clients that I’ve worked with. Feeling discouraged, ashamed and distraught, the lapse quickly becomes a full blown relapse if they don’t receive quick feedback and considerable ongoing support. I greatly value your message and believe that your points are real helpful, but I also think that you’re message would be a more complete one if it addressed the complexities of relapse. At the same time, I want to complement you on your statements about the need to talk to others and get support for staying on course.
Keep up the good work.

Thanks, doc!

8 thoughts on “A Doctor "weighs in" on my Weight Loss Tips”

  1. I like your tips. The one additional thing that really helped me (I lost 60 lbs.) was understanding that to lose one pound, I need to burn 3500 calories more than I take in. I know that most people don’t want to calorie-count, but I’m a control freak, and tracking calories taken in vs. calories spent in exercise made it easier for me to understand and control the whole process. It also made me aware of what fills me up (protein, fiber, a little fat) and what doesn’t (refined foods, no-fat snacks). I use Nutrawatch to track, but it sounds like it’s probably similar to CalorieKing (which I’ve used a lot to look up the nutritional info for brand and chain foods). All that said, I agree with the doctor in that the psychological battle of losing weight is something I still struggle with–I now keep gaining and losing the same 5-10 pounds, but I always fall back on this knowledge. Tracking keeps me honest!

  2. Even though I’m not a doctor or anything (far from it), the doctor’s comments about his patients not being able to get on track after one or two missteps actually does contribute to your #43 being correct. If the patients the doctor talks about weren’t able to make themselves get back on track after messing up then they apparently do not have the will power and self-motivation to overcome their mistake(s) and continue their weight loss. It’s kind of like a quarterback in football where you have to have a short memory when it comes to mistakes and pretty much say to yourself “screw it” and forget about it. If you can do that then there’s no reason that you can’t pick up where you left off and tread on towards your goal.

  3. I really like your tips but… Are you sure this person is a doctor? They have dreadfull grammar xD

  4. I’d have to agree with the doc there, getting back to your weight loss program can be after that bump. It brings back what you’ve been rejecting and we all know that what were rejecting can be oh so good.

  5. Don’t let the Doc dissuade you. I’m 6’4 and I currently weigh 207 lbs. At my heaviest I was 270. At my lightest I was 190. I have covered the weight loss to know my opinion is valid. The bottom line is most people are addicted to food. Addiction not meaning you can’t stop, but simply that you don’t want to. You are not covering addiction. You are covering weight loss. If a person does not control themselves, they should seek help with addiction, not weight loss. Your 50 tips are excellent!

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