The reason so many women fail to lose unwanted weight is because they are relying too much on a diet or weight loss program to do the heavy lifting. The issues involved in losing weight are broader and more complex than what diets and weight loss programs offer. As any woman will tell you, it is never just about food and eating. Food and eating are only a small part of the process. The woman who wants to shed her extra pounds must change certain patterns of behavior so she doesn’t have to fight against herself when she’s trying to reduce her weight.
The familiar formula, Weight Loss = Diet + Exercise, needs to be modified to include psychology. After all, it is your psychology that will do the lion’s share of the work in losing weight. The new formula, Psychology + Diet + Exercise = Weight Loss, includes such matters as what it takes for you to adhere to a weight loss regimen and what it takes for you to make important personal changes that lead to weight loss.
Weight loss psychology is the nonfood plan for weight loss. The nonfood plan involves ways to deal with all the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and automatic habits you developed that fight against you when you try to go on and stay on a diet or weight loss regimen. A food plan (aka diet) is knowing what to eat and how much to eat. A nonfood plan is knowing how to use psychology as your guide for making personal changes, adhering to your diet, reaching your weight loss goal, and staying there.
There is always the connection between feelings and food, and that should be enough to show how necessary psychology really is if you want to lose weight. If you do not want to think of this food-feeling connection, if you do not even believe there is a connection between how you feel and how you eat, your disbelief does not rule out psychology.
There are habits and patterns of behavior, motivation, frustrations, successes and failures, goal setting, goal pursuit, and goal attainment, all having to do with psychology. There is getting yourself mentally ready to do something about your weight problem. There is starting, and developing a desire into an intention. There is planning, and thinking how to implement what you intend. There is persevering, talking yourself through difficult times, making deals with yourself so you can stay the course, and finally there is what it takes mentally, motivationally, and emotionally to maintain your weight loss. In a word—psychology.