According to Robert Pool, author of Fat: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic researchers have known for a long time that the vast majority of successful dieters will eventually regain all the weight they lose.
This weight gain (re-gain) happens regardless of the type of diet used to lose the weight. We know from personal experience that this is often the result of our own dieting programs. Distressingly, patients who lose hundreds of pounds through intensive inpatient programs also regain their weight in spite of their heroic struggle.
In fact, some patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery also regain their weight, although slower than they might have if they had not received the surgery.
The statistics can be downright depressing.
So – who doesn’t regain the weight?
This is the most important question for those of us who can’t bear the thought of struggling to lose, only to have all our efforts wasted (and our new thin-person clothes relegated to the back of the closet – again.) We need to believe that the statistics don’t actually apply to us.
So lets look at the folks who succeed – the 5% who really make it to thin – and stay that way.
It turns out that the necessary factor in keeping your weight off is not a matter of genetics, or your personal history, or finding the right weight loss coach.
It’s a matter of mind.
People who lose weight – and then stay thin and healthy for years afterward – have become obsessed with eating right.
“Obsession” isn’t as nice a word as we would like, (it implies a tendency towards neurosis, after all), so let’s use the term “intensely focused” instead.
Previously fat people who succeed in staying thin are totally focused on eating a healthy diet – not just during their diet, but for the rest of their lives.
How does one become this focused?
Some people obviously do this all by themselves. But if you aren’t one of those people, then a self-help program that includes meditation (the art of focusing one’s mind) would seem to be suggested as the right approach by the research.
You can change your body by changing your mind. In fact, it may turn out to be the only thing that works.