Have you ever been stuck at the point where you can't lose those last 10 pounds?
You know, the constant struggle, where no matter which diet you try, you always hit that damn plateau before you bowl over the last few pounds and get to goal weight?
Did you ever think about why you can't lose those last 10 pounds? Your body may be trying to tell you something... and you don't wanna listen!
So maybe it's time to change lanes and strike back at your plateau.
Finding your personal ideal weight and maintaining it forever is different from attaining an idealized cultural image, which we find attractive. You may think you're striving for a realistic goal, but it appears that your body sees it differently.
Successful weight management has to be relatively comfortable. If you must create uncomfortable contortions to maintain a weight, which is so fragile that the smell or sight of food causes weight gain... there's a problem.
Experts all think they have an answer for this.
Some say you're still eating too much, and others say you're eating too little so you're body is conserving fat. Others say you're not eating often enough to stimulate metabolism, or you're not eating a good enough breakfast, or not exercising sufficiently.
All of these may actually be true... or not. But ask yourself if these changes are sustainable in the long run.
The ideal weight espoused through magazines, TV, movies and billboards makes us want to mirror those images. We all think we look better thinner than most of us can realistically maintain.
Very few people are naturally thin, and I'll bet that nobody reading this blog is!
We need to find a way to make peace with a reasonable, healthy weight, regardless of whether you like its appearance. Just decorate your body beautifully, and stop obsessing.
Worrying about food, weight or body image is counterproductive to living a productive, enjoyable life. Your body is a vessel to carry you through interesting and passionate experiences.
Don't shoot the messenger! Just do enough to keep it working pretty well.
Dr. Abby Aronowitz is a psychologist, speaker and coach, who completed work at Columbia University. She holds two master's degrees and a Ph.D. Previously a consultant to Weight Watchers International, Dr. Abby has been featured on WebMD.com and AOL Diet and Fitness. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and Mensa. Information about her book, "Your Final Diet," and other products can be found at http://www.yourfinaldiet.com/products-promo.html