The Big Carrot

by Anne Bennett on May 27, 2009

“All right, Mister, let me tell you what winning means…you’re willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else.”     Vince Lombardi

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For years I have sought to understand what makes some people succeed at losing weight–sometimes more than 100 pounds–while many others succeed at first, only to lose their motivation and begin the immensely frustrating cycle of losing, gaining, losing, gaining, over and over again. What is the fundamental difference between those who can go the distance and those who cannot?

This is no easy question, and it’s the really big carrot (thanks again to Lulu for providing the prop) that the diet industry has been grasping for. Whoever comes up with the solution to America’s obesity problem will no doubt be sainted, (don’t you need to perform a miracle to become a saint?) not to mention become Bill Gates-rich.

Alas, however much I hate to admit this, I have concluded that there is, as yet, no such carrot. Popular celebrity-endorsed meal replacement programs provide only temporary success with their portion-controlled frozen meals. Once you go back to the real world of food, like Kirstie Alley, you gain it back. It seems inevitable.

Weight Watchers sincerely touts the necessity of a permanent lifestyle change, and therein lies the rub. Most of us know what to do, we just can’t commit to doing it long term, which, let’s face it, means for the rest of our lives. I don’t fault Weight Watchers. I think they’re on the right track. But, until someone comes up with a real miracle, Vince Lombardi may have the most honest approach. It may not be glamorous, but losing weight requires hard work, dedication and determination.

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June Cassingham June 26, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Your blog is great. I want more pictures of the dogs. They are sooo cute.

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