Weight management is a term which on the surface seems like it is an easy thing to do, but in reality in involves many skills. It has to be taken very seriously and there are steps which one needs to follow if they truly want to lose the weight and keep it off. One has to be a manager of oneself and to be cognizant of their own shortcomings and weaknesses in order to be successful. The one good thing about successfully losing weight is that we can use the skills in other areas of our lives and to acquire better jobs.
Anyone who is losing weight is similar to an executive which is to oversee short term and long term goals. Anyone who loses weight has to set short term and long term goals. One of the problems in people who overeat is that they have made no plans to eat a meal, including its portions. They just eat whatever is available, whether or not it is healthy for them.
Because they eat whatever they want, they have not given any thought to whether or not the food is healthy for them. The fact that they cannot maneuver themselves, lack energy, or have health problems does not concern them, as long as they are eating the food that they like.
Because they practice immediate gratification, they do not put much planning or preparing into their meals. They eat at the junk food restaurants because the food is already prepared. They buy canned, boxed, and frozen food because it involves little preparation. They do not consider the nutritional value of the foods they eat, and if the food causes discomfort, they keep on eating it anyway.
The person who successfully undertakes this goal of executive function will be able to apply the skills to other area of their lives and experience a better lifestyle as a result. Dr. Julia All has done extensive work and research in this area.
There are five steps to successfully losing weight which include: weighing up options, setting goals, prioritizing, setting goals, multitasking and planning ahead. Each of these steps takes time and requires patience to follow them to completion.
When a person has a desire to lose weight it is usually because they have a desire to make a change in their lives. This desire is going to lead them to make decisions in their lives and in order to make right decisions, they have to follow a certain process, which involves weighing up their options, prioritizing, multitasking, planning, and setting goals. Failure to follow these steps will result in a failure to achieve the goal of losing weight.
Weighing up the options involves the decision making process. In order to make the right decisions, the following steps must be taken:
- Information gathering
- Weighing up the risks involved
- Deciding on values
- Weighing up the pros and cons
- Making the decision
This process involves thinking very carefully about the advantages and disadvantages before making a decision. We want to consider the problem from every angle to determine the right decision for us. For example, in making a decision to lose weight, we would need to determine why we have gained weight and why it has been difficult to lose it. Being equipped with this knowledge will be instrumental in staying with the weight loss goals.
- There are many questions which need to be answered which include:
- How much weight do we want to lose?
- Why do we want to lose weight?
- What changes are we willing to make after we lost the weight?
- Are we ready to commit to a lifestyle change?
- What will happen if we decide not to get on a weight loss program?
- What struggles did we have with previous weight loss programs?
These questions should be the beginning of our thought process about losing weight. We need to set realistic goals that will enable us to achieve the goal if we follow the plan. It the goal is too high, we will become frustrated and disappointed if we do not lose the weight and we will fail to reach our goals. We will explore answers to these questions and healthy solutions to keep us on track when starting a weight ;loss plan.