Congratulations! You’ve successfully managed to lose weight and reach a size you feel healthy and comfortable with; but what happens next? Here, we help you shift the focus from weight loss to long-term weight management.
There’s nothing more satisfying than watching the pounds drop off. You fill your wardrobe with new clothes, take up new hobbies, walk taller, bask in the glow of compliments from loved ones, and generally feel much happier with who you are. You start to believe that anything is possible. The only downside is, that with all the excitement and celebration of your new size and how good you feel, it can be quite easy to forget that losing weight is only the first step of your journey, you need to work at keeping it off too.
Your weight loss transition
When you’re working towards managing your weight in the long-term, it helps to understand some of the classic reactions and emotions you may experience along the way. Here’s a list of some of the typical stages of transition.
- Happiness: at having lost the weight and the prospect of managing your weight.
- Denial: of being on a plan for a long-term lifestyle change, rather than just a quick-fix diet.
- Threat: from a growing awareness that you may still have an emotional relationship with food, which can be challenging and unexpected.
- Acceptance: that you can and are changing for good.
- Fear of change: your old ideas about yourself will be challenged and other people may start relating differently to you now that you’re slimmer.
- Hostility: if you don’t make the necessary changes in your thinking, you’ll eventually return to your old ways and regain weight. ‘LighterLife just isn’t for me! I’ll always be big’, is a common crooked thought at this stage.
- Disillusionment: when you find that maintaining your new weight takes self-discipline and work.
- Moving forward: you recognise that you’re managing your weight successfully, and that you can do this for life.
- Excitement: at the prospect of living a lighter life long term.