I Finally Made It!

I had been overweight since second grade. Not only was I fat, but I was (and still am) short (5'3"). I endured many nicknames because of my physical appearance, but the most creative was “Tater-tot.” My dad and mom were also overweight and were constantly trying out different diets, so I was exposed to the dieting culture at an early age. I tried many of the diets with them and some were more successful than others. All my life my weight has fluctuated, going up and down, up and down. At one point, I had lost as many as 30 pounds, only to see those pounds creep back slowly over time.

The heaviest I would ever allow myself to get was 175, which was a lot for a short guy like me. Why 175 you might ask? Well, a primary reason was that adding any more pounds would prevent me from buttoning my pants and I really didn’t want to buy new pants. Every time I got up to 175, I would have to deal with the discomfort of tight pants until I couldn’t take it anymore, and that has usually pushed me, kicking and screaming, to the next diet plan. After several years of losing and gaining, I became cynical and talked to one of my brothers about how I didn’t think I would ever be able to lose all the weight I wanted and keep it off. I honestly had begun to believe that losing the weight was not possible, and this made me reluctant to try yet again.

Thank goodness I did try again. I was able to lose 55 pounds, close to one-third of my total body mass! I have now kept that weight off for more than three years and have made some guidelines to ensure that I will never regain that weight again. So what was different this time? Well, I applied four simple truths that changed everything. 

Four Truths about Weight Loss That Nobody Tells You

In an increasingly overweight society, dieting has become a multi-billion dollar industry. In fact, in 2013 alone more than $60 billion dollars were spent on dieting just in the United States. The dieting industry is lucrative specifically because each diet plan does not only include a book or blog, but is complete with all kinds of products ranging from specialized exercise equipment to supplemental shakes and candy bars. It is in the best interest of each of these companies to inspire loyalty to their products by bashing their competitors and claiming to be the one, true path to weight loss. They want you to try to stay with their plan throughout your life, so that you will be a repeat customer of all their many products and services. These companies get you to buy into their system through complex formulations and explanations. You can easily get so carried away by the details of a specific diet plan that you don’t recognize the simple truths that make all the difference. Applying the four simple truths in this blog is crucial to any successful weight loss and maintenance plan.

So what are these four important truths that nobody tells you because they are too busy selling you the specifics of their plan? They are:

1. Pain

2. Pleasure

3. Variety

4. Accountability

To learn more about the specifics of these four truths and how you can apply them in your weight loss journey, read my new book Four Truths About Weight Loss That Nobody Tells You! Click Here to buy the Kindle version on Amazon, or Here to order a hard copy!

Mission of This Blog and My Upcoming Book 

First let me tell you about my general approach and credentials. I am not a medical doctor, dietician, nor trained fitness professional. Instead, I have a Ph.D. in psychology and therefore I focus primarily on the role of the mind in weight loss by discussing issues such as motivation through pain, pleasure, variety, and accountability. I provide suggestions for how to more fully tap into these driving forces of human behavior for weight loss and maintenance.

Because I am not a doctor, dietician, nor a trained fitness professional, I will not lay out specific details of a particular diet or exercise plan. I trust that you have probably read several of these books or know where to find them. This blog and my book give you the freedom to choose what works best for you. My objective is to illustrate how the four truths can guide you in your chosen approach to losing weight. I want to help you to tailor an individualized plan that works for you and will describe strategies for keeping you motivated along the journey to lose and maintain your weight!  Visit www.fourweightlosstruths.com today to learn more about my upcoming book and to download a free copy of the introduction and first chapter - or click Here to buy. Start your journey to a fitter, thinner You today!

About the Author

Nathaniel Lambert, Ph.D.

Nathaniel Lambert, Ph.D., is a psychology professor at the University of Utah.

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