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To be Successful, Weight Management Requires Skill Powers, Not Just Will Power
When Considering a Weight Loss Program, Understand the Importance of Behavioral and Other Factors, in Addition to Nutrition and Exercise

Almost anyone who has struggled to manage their weight knows that maintaining healthy habits – a good diet and regular physical activity – is not just about knowing what to eat, how to exercise and having the will to do so, but is equally dependent on the mental readiness and skills to bring that knowledge to bear in everyday situations.

What makes it so hard for many of us to control our weight in the modern world is the modern world, which makes tasty calories readily available everywhere and makes it difficult to fit physical activity into our daily routines. An effective weight management program will help participants acquire the skills to be masters of the modern environment – “Skill Powers,” as they’re called by Dr. David Katz, the medical director of the RediClinic® Weigh Forward™ program and an internationally recognized expert on weight control and preventive health.

Among the first things everyone trying to lose weight should understand – but too few people do – are their barriers to the good habits that lead to long-term weight management. By identifying these barriers, whether emotional or habitual, people trying to live more healthfully can develop the skills to overcome them in their day-to-day lives.

Do you gravitate toward high-fat “comfort” foods when stressed out? Automatically grab something to eat before sitting down to watch TV? Somehow manage to talk yourself out of exercising, even when you have the time? Let your family or work environment dictate what you’ll eat and when? A comprehensive weight management plan will help you anticipate habits like these, foster the behaviors to break them and embrace healthier practices for life.

It’s also important to understand that every person is different and brings different issues – both physical and mental – to the weight loss process. A nutrition and exercise plan that works well for you might not be as effective for your co-worker or neighbor. Therefore, personalization is key and should be a factor in any effective program.

Personalization is often best achieved through medical oversight. A medical professional can gauge each person’s physical needs to develop the most appropriate nutrition and activity plan specifically for him or her. And their educational background, coupled with experience counseling many patients, has trained them to understand the behavioral issues of weight management.

Finally, convenience is a decisive factor in determining a person’s full participation in a program. Even the most comprehensive plan will not be effective if a person cannot easily get to appointments, understand the components of the plan, and quickly and easily make the right choices. If a program requires you to go out of your way for appointments, shop at specialty grocery or nutrition stores, or work out far from home or the office, it’s most likely not the right one for you.

Finding a weight loss or weight management program is easy – there are many to choose from – but finding one that will work for you in the long term is much harder. To be truly successful in managing your weight, take the time to look beyond the slogans and promises to find the program that meets all your needs.

More information about successful weight loss and long-term weight control is available at www.rediclinic.com/weighforward
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