Dr. Sanford Siegal: I've treated more than 500,000 overweight patients, and I've learned that there are two main reasons why a diet fails:
All of my efforts during the past 50 years of exclusively treating overweight patients have been focused on controlling hunger and getting the weight off as quickly as possible.
SS: With respect to weight loss, yes: one. Under the best of circumstances, losing weight is nobody's idea of fun. It takes willpower and dedication. Any other "self-improvement" resolution is an unnecessary distraction.
SS: Aren't New Year's resolutions inherently doomed to fail? A resolution is a false promise we make to ourselves once a year to make ourselves feel less guilty about how we've managed our health, our finances, our relationships and so forth. If you're serious about losing weight and getting healthy, start right now. Start today.
SS: Unrealistic ones. A typical adult can lose about 10 to 12 pounds of fat per month and that requires having 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day. So many people set unrealistic goals and are left disappointed and disillusioned when they fail to deliver on their New Year's resolution.
SS: There are three reasons why weight loss resolutions fail:1. Their goals are unattainable (any diet that claims that you can lose more than about 12 pounds per month should be avoided).
SS: By being honest with themselves and not taking a break once they start a diet. You know if a diet sounds too good to be true ("Amazing Breakthrough! Lose 10 pounds in 10 days by watching TV!"). Set a realistic goal and don't stop until you've reached it. One thing that I've observed in treating over a half million overweight patients is that people who take a break from their diet before they reach their goal are likely never to reach it.
Dr. Sanford Siegal is a practicing physician whose South Florida medical practice has treated more than 500,000 overweight patients since it was founded in Miami in 1957. Although Dr. Siegal has received considerable media attention for his books on subjects, including high fiber dieting, hunger control without drugs, and hypothyroidism, he is best known as the creator of the internationally-popular Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet weight loss system. Find out more about Dr. Siegal at www.drsiegal.com.
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