For many people, the cycle of weight loss is an all too familiar journey. It seems every month a new quick fix promises drastic results – but if it was that easy, people wouldn’t struggle with their weight.
Approximately 46 per cent of Australian adults have tried to lose weight in the last year, but an American Dietetics Association poll in 2000 found that 40% of people who are overweight are unwilling to give up their unhealthy lifestyles in order to be healthy.
Why? The downside of repeated weight loss attempts is a reduction in self-efficacy (the ability to produce a desired or intended result) and increased body dissatisfaction and negative self-perception. This often reduces your confidence to make changes to improve your health.
It has been shown that a higher self-efficacy rating, or higher confidence in one’s ability to lose weight, is positively associated with increased weight loss along with stable weight maintenance at six months.
Find out more by watching this video with Dr Geoff Holt.
The ongoing impact of reduced motivation and well-being are an important component that is focused on throughout your weight loss program with the LifeShape Clinic.
Increasing your self-confidence is multifaceted, and this is the value of integrating psychology into your program. Starting with implementing small changes consistently, ticking off smaller goals and celebrating these successes week to week are just one way that you will realise that your weight loss goal is attainable.
To lose weight we need to make sustainable changes to our lifestyle – and while initially this may feel like you are giving up your favourite food or favourite way to unwind after a long day, you will develop strategies while working with your support team to find a balance between these indulgences and your weight. Ultimately these are sacrifices that need to be made in order to achieve the bigger goal of improving your health forever.
About Dr Geoff Holt
Dr Geoff Holt is the founding partner of Heart Care Partners and of Wesley Health Pty Ltd. He completed his FRACP in Queensland before undertaking four years of cardiology training in the USA.
Up until 2000, he practised as an interventional cardiologist and since that time his focus has been non-invasive testing and medical risk assessment. Dr Holt is now the Medical Director of the cardiology division of Genesis Care, a group of cardiology and cancer practices whose focus is sustainable care excellence.
Geoff has had a lifelong passion for preventative health which underpins his role as Medical Director for Wesley Health and the LifeShape Clinics, and he has “walked the talk” for many years successfully completing in Triathlon and Ironman events in Australia and across the globe.
MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ
About the LifeShape Clinic
Over 15 years, the LifeShape Clinic (formerly Wesley LifeShape Clinic) has helped more than 10,000 Australians achieve healthier, happier lives through their award winning weight management programs. The LifeShape program enables the lifestyle and health benefits gained from losing weight, improving your health and gaining a positive mindset.
The clinic’s team of specialist medical professionals support each client by creating a personalised weight loss plan to reach a healthy weight, improve nutrition, exercise and mindset – helping to find balance and break the dieting cycle.
Find out how the clinic can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.