Friday, April 18, 2008

5 Phases of Weight Loss

I thought this was interesting!
Phase #1: Honeymoon. When you're in the Honeymoon stage, you feel eager to do whatever it takes to lose weight. You can't wait to get to your goal, and you feel completely committed to your efforts. You probably always stay within your points Target and, control your portion sizes. And it's likely that you track everything you eat in your Tracker, plan your meals and exercise. Keep it up!
Phase #2: The Thrill Is Gone. This is the most frustrating stage. This is where alot of people quit the program. You may be saying: Why do I have to be so careful? It doesn't seem like it's working. Why can other people eat what they want and still stay thin? Why can't it happen faster? I can't get motivated anymore. If you're at this stage, stick with it. Do what it takes to get the support you need, and see if you can reconnect with the reasons you decided to lose weight in the first place. Review your materials you'll learn something new you didn't know before. Try new foods in your day or a new recipe or try a new exercise.
Phase #3: Renewed Resolve. This is the time when you have a clearer set of expectations, with the added benefit of understanding how the process works. When you're at this stage, you know that weight-loss doesn't come easily, and you're prepared to work hard. You're ready to be more consistent about exercising, tracking your point values, controlling your portion sizes and everything else that goes along with building healthy new habits.
Phase #4: Lifestyle Change. At this stage, you keep up your new habits even when you've had a bad day or week. You cope with stress and emotions in a healthy way. And you're always on the lookout for healthy things to eat, and for ways to get in extra exercise. This is a great place to be!
Phase # 5 Divorce Stage. This is the stage you don't want to be in. You have divorced yourself from the program. You have gotten relaxed, old habits came back in, some of the weight has came back, you say you will start again tomorrow or the frist of the month. At this stage you need to stop everything and think about what you are doing. Get the materials back out.


Michelle said...

That is interesting. I guess I'm in the honeymoon stage. Although I would have preferred to take a trip, I guess this will do. ;)

*I just linked to you from my new blog at I'm joining in on Natalie's Fitness Fridays and wanted to come by and wish you luck!

Jen said...

This was very interesting. I need to remember this when I get past the honeymoon phase. I made your swiss chicken recipe thing last night and it was delicious! I only used 2 chicken breasts instead of 6 and cut them into 4 pieces and it was tasty! I couldn't believe how low of points it was. I just need to make some veggies and another side like a lil bit of potatoes next time for my hubby as he liked it, but wanted another taste.

I'm off to the store to buy ingredients for about 8 of your other recipes and I'm very excited! Thanks again!