What’s the hottest new trend in weight management? It’s finding something that works for you and sticking to it, day in and day out.
I realized this morning that I may have recently started writing articles that I’ve written before in the past, and I’m starting to sound like a broken record with my weight management tips. Ok, I’m going to give it to you straight: there’s nothing new in weight loss/weight management. Truly. There’s no pill, gadget, or program that’s going to work until you internalize that eating right and exercising regularly are going to have to be your new lifestyle.
Whatever framework helps you to get there is awesome, and is definitely the Hot Thing you should be doing.
I used to be an evangelist for HMR. I’d tried dozens of other methods to lose weight and HMR totally worked for me. And then, over the course of several years (during which I practiced the behaviors and skills I learned there and continued to maintain) I watched several of my friends sign up to HMR programs and have some initial success, and then gain it all back. Or not have much success. Because it was the silver bullet FOR ME. Not for them.
Over the years I’ve known people who have successfully used the growth hormone (HGH) diet to lose weight and keep it off. I know people who had gastric bypass surgery and kept it off, I know people who’ve done Atkins and are still at goal weight, people who lost on Weight Watchers and are still slim, people doing Paleo who are rocking it.
But I also know people who’ve failed at each of those methods (me included, for some of them). In fact, I probably know more people who’ve failed at each of these methods than have had success. Because it’s SO personal, what works for you is awesome, but before you wind yourself up to tell everyone you know that they HAVE to try your new regimen, remember that what works for you is what works for you. They’re all just different ways to achieve the same goal – eating healthier and exercising more. That’s pretty much the only thing in weight management that matters.
If you haven’t found that silver bullet yet, don’t despair. It’s out there. Don’t be afraid to try anything/everything til you find your Hot You Thing. Also, don’t be afraid to love yourself as you are – remember that’s always an option available to you. Possibly the best one.