Managing a Healthy Diet : Candidates for Weight Loss


Hi, I’m Brenda Thompson, a registered dietitian
and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this
segment, I’m going to ask you some questions
about are you ready for weight loss? Losing
weight takes time, planning, and effort. Just
because you want to lose weight does not mean
that you are ready to lose weight. Choosing
to lose weight when you are not ready may
lead to another failed attempt of not losing
weight. Yo-yo dieting can be just as unhealthy
as being overweight, so don’t compromise yourself.
Give yourself the best chance when you are
mentally ready to give weight loss the attention
it deserves. Here are a few questions to ask
yourself to determine if you are ready to
lose weight to keep it off for health reasons.
The first one is, do you want to lose weight
to achieve a healthy life? If you want to
lose weight because you have a wedding coming
up and you’d like to lose ten pounds in one
week, that is not going to be a strategy to
lose weight and keep it off. So if your answer
to this is no, then you’re probably not ready.
Am I willing to be patient with one to two
pounds a week weight loss so that I can increase
my chances of keeping it off? Your answer
should definitely be yes to this question.
If it is no, you may not be ready. On a scale
of zero to five, how important is it for you
to make a lifestyle change? Lifestyle changes
are changes to improve your health, such as
improving your diet, increasing your physical
activity, and changing health related behaviors.
If you select zero, one, or two, it’s probably
not very important, and you’re probably not
ready. However, if you select between three
and five, it is very important and you are
probably ready. Is there anything in my life
that might keep me from making these lifestyle
changes? If yes, will I be able to realistically
conquer these challenges and how will I do
it? I would write that down on a piece of
paper so that you are prepared when you are
faced with these challenges, and you have
a plan. On a scale from zero to five, how
confident are you that you can make lifestyle
changes? Are you not very confident, if not
you might not be ready, but if you are very
confident you are probably ready. And last,
on a scale from zero to five, how are ready,
are you now to make the lifestyle change?
If you’re not very ready then of course you’re
not ready to make the lifestyle change, but
if you are, now is a good time to start losing
weight on the average of one to two pounds
a week.

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