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We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Successful weight loss means reducing the number of calories you eat and increasing the number of calories you burn. But just knowing what works isn't enough. Having a plan that works for you turns knowledge into action and will help you shed excess pounds and keep them off.
Write it down! We suggest keeping a written account of your eating and exercise habits. Research shows that people who track exercise and food are twice as likely to successfully lose weight compared with those who don't. You also may want to include your thoughts, feelings, successes, and challenges in your journal.
It may seem tedious. You may think you are carefully monitoring your exercise and eating habits anyway, but putting it on paper or tracking it online takes your weight loss plan to a whole new level. It makes you accountable. Committing to your actions forces you to honestly analyze your behaviors. How long were you really on the exercise bike and at what intensity level? Was it a handful of chips or the entire bag? Reading back, you can identify areas where you got off track and make plans to do things differently next time.
Try online tools or mobile applications, such as Lose It! for help tracking your progress towards your weight goals. Online tools are a great way to monitor your daily meals, physical activity and calories.
Your eating journal can include questions to answer each time you eat a meal or snack. Or it can be in a table format with columns to fill in. Your journal should include as many of the following as possible:
An exercise journal can help you track your exercise. It is best to include:
Times of change are perfect for tracking your thoughts and feelings. It can be helpful to write a few words (or more) each day about your challenges, setbacks, achievements, hopes, motivations, or simply your emotions. Looking back over time can help you see trends and patterns during your weight loss journey.
Goal setting helps you create specific targets to aim for. A written plan makes your goals clear and real. You will gain momentum, confidence, and determination each time a goal is achieved, no matter how small it is. Reaching goals one by one can be the beginning of an avalanche of successes all directed toward one outcome – permanent change.
SMART is a useful acronym in thinking about your goals. Goals should be:
For example, "I will lose 2 pounds this week" is not specific or time oriented. The goal focuses on the outcome rather than the specific actions that you will take to reach the goal. Since it doesn't say how the 2 pounds will be lost, it probably is not a realistic goal and may set you up for failure. Each failure can bring negative feelings that affect your future success.
A better goal would be, "I will take a brisk 15-minute walk at level 6 intensity at 6:30 am each morning this week."
With any weight loss program, it's likely you will have slipups from time to time or times where you feel you have lost control. It's important not to be too hard on yourself if you make a poor choice, overeat, have a bad day, or skip a couple of workouts. Blaming yourself or getting discouraged will lead to low self-confidence and make it more challenging to get back on track. Instead, focus your energy on plans to avoid the same mistake next time.
If the problem is an overall dip in motivation, try the following:
If you have already lost weight, congratulations! You have taken great strides to improve your overall health and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Unfortunately, research shows that a large number of people who lose weight end up regaining all or some of it back over time. You can increase your chances of maintaining a healthy weight by preparing for setbacks and learning essential habits for long-term success.
The biggest reason people regain weight is because they stop following their eating and physical activity plans. Often, this is because the changes a person made were unsustainable. If you can't maintain the healthy habits that helped you lose weight, you will not be able to maintain the weight loss.
To make sure changes stick, choose foods and activities that you enjoy so that healthy eating and regular exercise become things you look forward to every day. Ward off boredom with your routine:
The changes you make to take weight off need to be comfortable and doable for you over the long term. It is a lifestyle choice, not a temporary change. This is why we recommend making small changes one at a time. Small changes allow you to fully establish one new habit before adopting another. Changes are most likely to stick when you truly enjoy your new way of life.
Researchers have studied the behaviors of people who have maintained weight loss and found clues about what works long-term.
One finding is that the longer you keep it off, the more likely you are to be able to maintain the weight loss throughout your life. It all goes back to making those healthy behaviors a part of your life.
In particular, those who keep the weight off report the following:
And there is more good news. Keeping the weight off isn't just about being thinner. Almost all of those who maintain their weight loss report improvements in their energy, mobility, mood, self-confidence, and overall health.
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