Have you ever gotten to a point in your weight loss journey when things are proceeding nicely, you have lost a significant amount of weight and are so close to attaining your ideal goal weight, and then “something” happens… you revert back your old eating habits.
You begin to say things like, “I am good during the day, but at night I start grazing and picking, and then tell myself I will start again tomorrow.” Or, “I had a bad eating day, might as well quit.” For some, it may be a quick return to old eating behaviors, for others, it is a slow gradual reoccurrence. Then you feel so disappointed and frustrated regarding your inability to lose the weight yet again, so you decide to give up.
What about these scenarios… as your diet is going great and you are losing weight, instead of giving you flowers for your anniversary (or any other holiday), your significant other gives you a box of your favorite chocolates! Or, you have friends, coworkers, family members, etc. tempting you with food choices they know you are avoiding, while saying remarks like, “Just one bite won’t hurt you” or, “You have come so far, you deserve to have just one!” , “I made this, you have to try it.” or ”It is my birthday, you have to have cake!”
Does this sound familiar? If so, you are not alone. Thousands of dieters suffer from similar patterns. In my experience, I often have patients ask, “Why does this keep happening? Why can’t I just lose the weight and keep it off?” Or, “It is as if I have two minds…one that wants to lose weight, and one that won’t let me.”
I also frequently hear, “Why can’t my spouse (significant other, friend, family member, etc.) support my weight loss efforts?” “It almost seems as if people are trying to make me eat and stay fat!”
So, why are you your own worst enemy? Why do you or other’s stand in the way of your weight loss goals?
Most likely, the answer is… drum roll please…The SABOTAGE Syndrome.
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