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Use Short Term Improvements to Make Long Term Changes

Posted: May 6, 2011 - 1:11pm

Thirteen weeks ago the Empire began their “Lose to Win” weight loss program and with considerable trepidation I agreed to be a major sponsor of it. I have based my professional life on urging others to adopt healthy lifestyles, including fat loss when appropriate, and rapid weight loss rarely translates into permanent fat loss or lifestyle changes. Judging from the huge amount of feedback we have gotten from contestants and the public alike, however, I think that this contest has had a net positive effect.
Ellen and I are grateful that we have had the opportunity to help disseminate information on permanent fat loss and healthy lifestyle changes. We are also appreciative of the wonderful articles by Wendy Hamilton, Jennifer Nu, Dr. Emily Kane, Dr. Kristin Cox, and others that have contributed to this public discussion on health.
Now that the Lose to Win contest is ending, the real contest is beginning. This is the time to reassess our behavior and adjust it, if necessary, so we can maintain it long term. It is also the time to reexamine our motivation and goals. Any person who improved their habits and their fitness during this time period is a big winner-regardless of how much weight they lost. In fact, whether or not they lost any weight at all is immaterial. Fitter is healthier at any weight.
For those who feel like they were successful during the contest period and are in the mood to celebrate - go for it. Have some cake, eat some pizza or enjoy whatever forbidden food you have been avoiding. Unless you struggle with food addiction, a healthy lifestyle has room for the occasional treats or even feasts.
Do this once! It’s extremely easy, especially when we were overly restrictive in our dieting, to revert to our old ways of eating and lifestyle.  I applaud everyone who has worked so hard during this contest period, but as I said, the real work has just begun.  Make your lifestyle changes and your fat loss permanent and you have a done a great service to your health and well-being.
Regain the weight you lost and you are yo-yo dieting - my biggest fear regarding rapid weight loss.
Hopefully improved health and well-being is its own reward. To further increase the chances that our contestants are successful, though, Pavitt Health and Fitness is adding an additional incentive. Any contestants who completed the contest and maintain their weight loss for an entire year will win $100. They will be receiving emails explaining to them the requirements for this award.
For those who didn’t compete in the contest, or are still contemplating taking the first steps, it is never too late to make changes. Time is going to go by regardless of whether or not we do the things that are in our best interest. Any positive changes you make will go a long way toward a happier and healthier future and that’s what this whole thing has really been about.

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