One of the most common obstacles to permanent weight loss is the belief that it’s a matter of willpower. Time and again I’ve seen clients beat themselves up when their willpower fails them and they slip back into their old, unhealthy habits. They think that if they were just a little more disciplined or a little more motivated, they would finally be successful and the pounds would drop away.
The truth is, each of us has only a small reserve of willpower, and that reserve is always in flux – we tend to have enough when things are going well, but as soon as we get sick or stressed or we have one too many bad days at work, our willpower diminishes dramatically. It makes no sense, then, to rely primarily on this intangible thing to create lasting behavior change. Instead, we should view it as a last resort to be used in those rare instances when other, more practical methods have been exhausted.
In my book, Reboot Your Body: Unlocking the Genetic Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss, I describe a three-tiered approach for tackling the obstacles to weight loss. The exact obstacles you’ll face will be unique to you, but the approach I describe can be applied to virtually any challenging situation. Instead of relying on that elusive supply of willpower, I teach you how to manipulate your environment, giving you far greater control than you previously thought possible. Learning how to take control is one of the key factors to developing the lifelong habits that will help you Reboot Your Body.
This is the second in a series of posts about common weight loss myths. To start at the beginning, click here.