What are we going to measure the result of slimming?

To understand what is going on? You don't have depression, the fact that there is no fear of the food, that significantly high self-esteem, not the result.

About how many pounds she has lost for one month, only two...

To lose weight at any price!?


And sometimes Vice versa. Woman drinking diuretics, laxatives, sitting in a buckwheat, which is not even cook and eat only boiled in water.

She is pale, she scarcely drag the feet. But scales that for two weeks, dropped as much as 4 kilograms.

The result? In my opinion, there is, even more than that, it is significantly worse than zero. But many are not agree with me and even envy of her. Wow, four pounds in two weeks! What effect, what awesome will power!

And then the question is, what should you measure the result of slimming? And what the result should be considered good and which are bad?

The loss of weight. The criteria of success. The real and the imaginary

Traditionally, the results of weight loss were measured and continue to measure only in kilograms and in centimeters. Take any ad – "Guarantee of results 8 pounds in a month!", "You will lose weight, at least 6 pounds in two weeks!", "You will lose kilos and centimeters volumes, one after the other!".

In conversations with friends knowing that someone lost 20 pounds, we were surprised by the result, we explain the method with which he managed to do it, and is ready tomorrow to apply it for yourself. If we know that the weight loss has been 6 or 8 kg, that is to say, "Yes, well, but, you see, not thirty, and not even 20". And very frivolous, we think that the loss of weight of 1-2 pounds per month.

The history of the weight loss Natasha

Pounds and inches, the rest does not interest us. But it left weight is not always give us what we expect of them.

Here is the story of one of my patients. So, Natasha M., 18 years old, 178 centimeters in height, 102 kg of weight. High, full and in the fullness of his slender and beautiful girlfriend. The first is the loss of weight was very good. Month of three or four Natasha dropped 20 pounds and came close to the mark of 80 kg. Then the weight loss stalled, and about a month we marked time free here and there.

And, once in my office in front of a mirror, and critically examined her figure and said sadly: "The one hundred and eighty. Same thing!". This is it! With the hope, with the loss of weight to solve their own problems and find their solutions, of course, Natasha was desperate.

I believe, and the less decrease in weight in the last month of our studies was due to this. After all, if nothing changes for the better (one hundred and eighty!), what is the point to see your diet, exercise, limit sweets, and so on?

It was 12 years ago. And then I, like the majority of my patients, the most important criterion of the effect was seen in the amount of weight loss. But in this case it was perhaps one of the first that made me question this approach.

If the main pounds, to which Natasha is not happy? So for if the same weight is not the most important!

My patient then had to spend a couple of weeks in order to understand what really was waiting for Natasha slimming and are unable to?

It turned out that the main problem of my patients in feeling ugly, or like a psychologist would say, low self-esteem. Perhaps the reason for this was the noticeable birthmark on her face, perhaps, as is often the case, the plenary has developed later as a reaction to overeating, when food is necessary for the comfort and "cure" the feelings of their appearance?

So it was that the restriction of their diet and even the weight loss, my patient, however, could not get rid of reduction of the attitude to hostile. Therefore, the depression, and the slowing of the loss of weight, and imminent threat of collapse.

Now that the cause has been found, we have focused on the correction of the self-evaluation. In general, we are all a bit underrated. All that we lack awareness of its characteristics, the uniqueness, the lack of a sense of his natural life, of one's own body.

Of course, Natasha was no exception. It seemed to her that she is ugly, but what it REALLY is, she didn't know. I will not bore the reader with the complexities of the psychological work. Of course, not always it is so easy and satisfying, but in the case of Natasha was right, his attitude was fast enough to change for the better. And that immediately affected the results of weight loss. Next month Natasha, not especially the effort, fell down five pounds.

Remember: why do we have to lose weight, really?


In fact, we don't have to lose weight to be thin and not only weigh less than I do now. We hope that the loss of weight to acquire a new quality, to achieve the state of harmony and happiness. But these feelings depend not only on free. And so, to measure the result of weight, consider that the more weight is gone, the better, and most importantly, to build our tactics of loss of weight, fundamentally wrong. And here's why...

The loss of weight. Common sense and a total lack

These tactics are dangerous to health, because it encourages people to adhere to too rigid a diet and torture yourself workouts. This leads to use of exposure, any connection with the loss of weight does not have, but at the expense of drainage, leading to some short-term weight reduction. The people sit in the sauna, the exercise of warm clothing, trying to cause more sweating, use of diuretics and laxatives just to see the number on the scales less than the previous day.

But hunger dangerous decrease in immunity and, as a minimum, the development of colds and the formation of stones in the gallbladder, the development or the exacerbation of the gastritis and ulcer gastric and ulcer duodenal. The use of enemas and laxatives can lead to the development of atonic or spastic colitis.

This tactic dramatically increases the probability of failure and the premature termination of the effort. Because it is directly aimed at the DETERIORATION of the QUALITY of LIFE. Hunger, lack of water, extreme fatigue from the grueling workouts! The majority of people can't tolerate it every day. As soon as the suspension of the weight loss, all the pain and suffering lose their meaning, and the condition becomes unbearable. But after the fall often observed overeating and uncontrollable weight gain to the original, and even to a higher level. Tactics weight "at any price" often becomes the cause of another round of increase in weight.

In this traditional approach, listen to all kinds of advertising about 10-15 pounds in about a month, we do not agree on methodology, giving in our opinion, a small effect, say, 2-3 pounds per month. Even if this result can be obtained without much problems, and that promises to be persistent.

Finally, the most important thing. Tactics weight "at any price" is contrary to modern ideas about the nature of the excess weight and the ways to fix it. The majority of scientists today are considered as the main reasons for extra pounds is not the only "over nutrition" or "bad food behavior" and a kind of imbalance between nutrition and physical activity and/or an increase in the role of nutrition as a factor that protects from anxiety, bringing joy and entertainment.

A basic principle of weight loss


With this vision problem a basic principle of weight loss – it is complex and most importantly, careful approach – moderate dietary restrictions in combination with exercises of toning, in addition to exposure to help to stay very clear, a positive mood – improving sleep, walk, massage, a good bath or shower. To create a positive mood, feelings of involvement, for a more clear understanding of the reason, very often, we want to work with a psychologist or therapist. And if this work is successful, the process of weight loss much easier. Ok, a good mood, so necessary for the success of weight loss is quite difficult, if the person tortured with hunger, sports, and even taking laxatives.

And here, we agree that a good result is the result obtained without any psycho-emotional and physical discomfort. And the second question, how many of those that fell free. Indeed, while we used only the impacts that by themselves give some benefit. No doubt that the result will be steadfastly maintained. After all, he is not received in the struggle, and in unity with itself, obtained through permanent lifestyle change, which led to obesity, a new, more energy and more gentle to yourself. This style of life is more likely to lead to keep the weight off or drop.

By the way, it is not necessary to consider a combination of tactics to compromise. As, diuretic and buckwheat, even to his own detriment and not for very long, you can lose a lot of pounds. And through this our self-love and gentle attitude a bit. I do not agree! I happened to see in applying this tactic and and 5 and 7 pounds in about a month! And very often.

And one last thought. If the increase in self-esteem, self-confidence, burst of energy, creative energy, sense of control over the situation, the feeling of freedom from diets and restrictions can be achieved without any change in the weight, it is also a great result. Although from the point of view of all the slimming of the traditions, is equal to zero.

Another story of weight loss

Here is the history of weight loss another one of my patients. In spite of normal weight (58 kg and height of meter seventy) Tonya struggled trying to lose weight. To feel fully happy hurts me 2-3 pounds of that "well, And that didn't come to lose". Soon she succeeded, but only through very strict diet and daily workouts at the gym. But it was enough to relax a little, the weight came back and threatened to go higher. When Tonya asked for help, his life was a continuous of "sit" on a diet with rare pauses (e.g. birthdays, holidays), for which the poor 2-3 pounds gained back. The fear in front of him, in front of her, as it seemed, uncontrollable hunger, fear of the future, in which she saw herself, definitely, fat and ugly. My main task in this case was to break this vicious circle – "standing idly by" in the diet, some weight loss, breakage, accumulation of weight.

I offer the Tone first, learn how to NOT get fat. To the right, which makes sense to follow a diet and to suffer, if you still can't keep the result? The tone had to be sure of maintaining the weight loss is not necessary prohibitions. All that is necessary is to slightly reduce the content in food fats and sweets, eating often and reasonably relate to the goodies. Instead of exhausting workouts very best to help walks, invigorating exercise and healthy walk. And instead of hostility and the constant battle with yourself, it is better to treat yourself gently, with love, and stay in a positive mood.

A month later, my patient said to me: "you Know, doctor, I decided not to torment – 58 kilograms with my height, perfect for weight. And now I know how to maintain it, above all, without force and without suffering. Thank you!". Believe me, I was very happy with the result.