May 5, 2014
If you want to lose weight, there is one thing you must not do.

Losing weight can be simple or it can be challenging, and each person’s experience of weight loss is different. One thing is for certain: keeping the weight off is a challenge. In our experience, getting weight off of people is relatively easy, but keeping it off proves to be more difficult. The national average for weight loss maintenance over a year is pretty sad. Only 2% of people who lose a significant amount of weight can keep it off for the long term. This means that there are a lot of dieters out there and not a lot of actions to get healthy. If you are trying to lose weight there is one thing that you absolutely must not do: diet.

Dieting is one of the lamest and most useless forms of trying to take care of your health and weight. Dieting is temporary and is worthless. I am using the word “diet” in the stereotypical sense of the word. This means adopting a new healthy style of eating for the short term to get yourself healthy and lose those unwanted pounds for the long term. Everyone knows that dieting does not work, but millions of people still try it every year. Does it make sense to keep weight off with a temporary fix? Of course not. Just to illustrate the point, let’s take this type of thinking to another arena: house payments. Imagine that you commit to paying off your house, and to do so, you are going to commit to the latest fad. You are going to pay an additional 10% of your house payment every month. You think to yourself, “Yes! I’ve got this. This is totally going to work. I’ll have this house paid off in 23 years instead of 30.” That first month, you pay your extra dollars. “Yes!” you say, “I am awesome.” The second month comes around you pay your additional 10%. “Yes, I am still awesome,” you say to yourself. During that second month, you start to think of the things you could have bought with that additional 10%. Those desires start to tug at you, and you start to question whether paying the additional money to your house is worth it. The third month comes around and you decide to buy a jet-ski instead. No additional 10% down. When the fourth month comes around, you look at your house payment and it looks like it hasn’t even budged. “Man, that didn’t work at all. Jeez, paying more on your house doesn’t work.” you might think to yourself.

Of course you and I are well aware that paying something off requires consistency and commitment to your goal. To get a long term result, you must take consistent action. Your health is no different. To believe that your long term health can be changed by temporary action is either denial or ignorance. But I would argue that most people know that they need to make a long term change, but often times we still hear the phrase, “I need to go on a diet.” To that I would say, “no, you need to remain on a healthy eating regimen.”

Keep your mindset on the long term and long term results. Short term goals and actions will help, but never lose sight of the end and beyond.

Written by Clark Masterson

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