Saturday, February 7, 2015

Recidivism - failure or normal learning opportunity?

We are after sustainable, life improving results!
I've been reviewing the literature on "Recidivism." For any one who's ever been on a diet, recidivism refers to 
​the act of reverting to old habits and regaining 
lost pounds​
 after successfully
struggling to get them OFF!​

​Is this "failure" or is this part of learning and adapting? I think it's only failure is we don't learn or if we give up on ever reaching our goals of better health.

Sure, I've had periods in the last six years where my pants began to feel shorter and tighter, the scale indicated that my weight was on the rise, and I felt out of control ... like I had re-boarded the runaway-get-fat-quick train. But I thought about you (my accountability buddies), why being slim and feisty is so important to me, and what works and doesn't work for me. I've reset my compass (again) and redirected the train.

​Take a look at ​Failure is an Option, a blog I wrote last summer on failure ... let's see failure for what it is, "Failure" is a game, an opportunity to learn, adapt, tweak behaviors, figure things out, and go forward! 

Currently, I'm working with a number of clients who initially used the Medifast foods to boost them towards weight loss goals and are now using a variety of programs that are really helping them. I love hearing about what's working! I've found gems of truth as I read from different weight management, health gain proponents.

If you are struggling or feeling like a failure, PLEASE call me! I have a few more tricks up my sleeve to help you get where you want to go.   

​By the way, i
n 1999, an article was published in the New York Times that looked at the myth of recidivism in folks who lost weight. The researches had realized the the myth that 95% of people who lose weight regain it was in fact, a myth based on research done in the 1950s!

But in fact ... no one has any idea how many people can lose weight and keep it off. Now, as researchers try to determine how many people have succeeded, they are also studying the success stories for lessons that might inspire others to try.
''That 95 percent figure has become clinical lore,'' said Dr. Thomas Wadden, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. There is no basis for it, he said, ''but it's part of the mythology of obesity.'' 

The study of who succeeds (why and how!) is what propelled Dr Andersen and many others to research, develop, and publish their programs. Let's continue to pool our experience. Together, we are a mighty team of knowledge and experience, together, we can help each other survive and thrive!

Check in, refer friends and family members, and have a GREAT week! Polly.

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