‘Wellness and Weight Loss’ challenges are linked by a common thread of concern: “Can I sustain healthy habits long enough to get results? Will I be able to keep my program up even after I have achieved my fat loss goals?”

I have written and spoken extensively on the behaviors that keep people stuck and how to incorporate better ones in order to succeed at weight loss. I have also discussed the foods that one must eat to effectively lose weight depending upon biological individuality.

In 2007-8, 34% of the US adult population was overweight and 34% was obese, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control. Being overweight, especially having excess abdominal fat and insulin resistance – the so-called ‘metabolic syndrome’  – conveys increased risk for Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart attack or stroke.

The sad fact is that only 13%-20% of those who intentionally try to lose weight are able to lose 5% of their body weight and maintain this for 5 years, especially if they only follow a ‘diet’ without paying attention to psychological factors. Many people sabotage their weight loss efforts if underlying emotional issues are not addressed (if they are in fact, the cause of their ongoing unhealthy behavioral patterns). Even if there are no causal emotional drivers, one still needs to learn self-motivational skills to stay on track and not suffer from what I call ‘perceived deprivational fatigue.’

The most effective weight loss programs are those that combine whole food nutrition, muscle conditioning and cardio exercise, and psychological intervention.

It has come to my attention that since overweight and obesity issues are a big part of why people want to live healthier, that weight management needs to be placed in higher priority on Next Step*New Life than it currently is. Although becoming healthier through lifestyle changes almost always results in satisfactory weight loss (with mental/emotional preparedness skills used when necessary), many people still want to focus on weight loss as their primary goal.

As a result, I believe we should highlight weight management on this website (I call our program Weight Mastery!). I think that this change will engage more people in our forums’ discussions because the focus would be more targeted. And, obesity issues also have comorbidity with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even cancer, all of which we discuss here at Next Step*New Life.

What do you think?

Comments are welcome and much appreciated!