The World Health Organisation states that by 2050 on current trends obesity will affect about 50% of the UK’s population, 1 in 2 of us! Why has this changed so much since the 1980s? Despite there being 100s of weight management interventions, strategies, pills, potions, purporting to help people lose weight, the statistics show waistlines are still growing every year. There are hundreds of reasons or factors. Two key players, how independent we are over our health (the autonomous individual), and the society that we live in. As humans, we have not evolved much in terms of psychology and physiology but what has changed is the environment, we live in. Put an internet search in for ‘weight loss diets’, you will get 50 million hits, it’s overwhelming and confusing. No wonder people are lost in the noise or simply give up trying as they create overwhelm with disappointment for quick fixes with big promises. Following non-evidence-based, ‘yo-yo’ dieting is disheartening, it is detrimental emotional and physically, gives people the wrong tools, and detrimental to your self-efficacy, the belief in yourself that you can achieve. Reducing self-efficacy, the belief in yourself and you are less likely to achieve.
If you have tried countless ways of losing weight, ask yourself what was influencing your choices? How did you get to where you are now? You can get lured in by other people, pushing yourself to do better, do harder. Pushing yourself for that exercise regimen or to read that book different books or programmes. This has an emotional impact, why can’t I get to this weight loss? what am I doing wrong? Why do I have to try so hard? Will power is what these interventions require. With self-control which is necessary for dieting, we need a small amount of. The rest of the energy should be spent on other important decisions to keep you alive, such as what shall I have for dinner? You should only be happy to make changes if they are sustainable, achievable and can enjoy. If your strategy involves needing a lot of self-control, you are on the path to fail long term. Just over 95% of all weight loss attempts fail, by that emotive word, that people regain the weight. I say, that if you attend to self-control and your habit change, you will achieve long term sustainable change. As an experienced academic in the field of self-managing our health, psychologist and senior habit change practitioner, join me for a FREE taster session here to learn more about the science of habit change and see how I can help make you become automatically disposed to your own wellness.