Successful dieting requires development in 6 areas.The 6 areas are: Direction, motivation, accountability, education, sustainability, and change.First some definitions.
Direction: Be told exactly what and when to eat, and specific guidelines for every situation.
Motivation: Be driven to succeed.
Accountability: Be afraid of not following the diet and that you have to answer to someone.
Education: Learn the science of weight loss so that you can make your own judgement calls.
Sustainability: Make your diet more realistic so that it can transition into a healthy lifestyle
Change: Stress, boredom, and being out of your regular routine can cause you to want deviate from your diet. Change who you are so that stress, boredom, and being out of your regular routine don’t result in you deviating from your diet.
Each one of these Categories has a corresponding “twin".
Directions twin is education; The more education you have, the less direction you need.
Motivations twin is sustainability;The more sustainability you have, the less motivation you need.
Accountabilities twin is change; The more you change, the less accountability you need.If you’re like most people, you don’t want to see a nutritionist for direction you’re entire life. Even while under the guidance of a nutritionist, you will almost certainly find yourself in a situations where you don’t have access to a nutritionist and have to make a quick judgement call. For this reason, In addition to getting direction, it’s important to acquire a better understanding of the principles of dieting and nutrition. Motivation comes and goes. Additionally it wears off over time as a diet progresses. For this reason, it is important to work to make your diet more sustainable so that you don’t need as much motivation in order to succeed. Accountability is important. In order to remain focused and not “fall off the wagon”, it’s helpful to have to answer to someone. However, accountability is only part of the solution. It’s important to change. You change by getting into a routine of eating regular, dietetic meals. You change by getting into the habit of avoiding being in situations that present you with non-dietetic foods. (For someone who was once overweight, food is almost certainly an addiction. As with any addiction, it’s much more preferable to avoid the situations than it is to go and attempt to fight it). You need to be able to follow your diet even when you’re stressed, bored, or out of your regular routine.
This is a process, and happens over a period of time and in stages. One never changes completely, even after many years of maintenance. Thankfully you don’t have to change completely. Any amount of change is beneficial as long as you are persistent. What mark would you give yourself in these 6 categories? Where do you score the highest in? Where have you developed the most? Where are you looking to improve on? What category holds the key to your success? Direction Motivation Accountability Education Sustainability Change