Where are you on the weight-loss cycle? Here are the common cycle phases:
I’ve made up my mind. It’s time to do this.
I’m feeling determined. I’m ready to consider the options I have available. I'll choose a weight-loss option to help me reach my goal.
Weight loss is happening. I see a difference in my weight and so do others. I can do this.
It’s getting harder and I'm not losing weight anymore. Life is getting in the way. This is really frustrating.
*Note: This is often where people find it hard to follow their plans and can revert back to old ways.
I’m tired of this. I feel like I can’t keep it up, so I’m not going to and it’s a relief to stop trying so hard.
I feel exhausted and sad. I don’t even want to think about my weight right now. This is the end of the cycle, but a new defining moment can start it all over again.
Listen to Ava, Patty, and Donna describe what it's like to live with obesity
Listen to Ava, Patty, and Donna describe their experience.
The 3 words that I would use to describe what it’s like to live with obesity would be: relentless, and overwhelming, and I think ashamed. Difficult, shameful, and overwhelming. First, painful, it’s trapping, and it brings desperation.
The cycle can be broken. Working with a health care provider to develop an ongoing weight-management plan can help. It's important that the health care provider understands your weight history. Learn more about weight and its impact on overall health.
Patty is living with obesity
Hear Patty’s advice on what’s actually needed for long-term success in managing weight.
You know, I’ve had obesity since I was a child. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have obesity. It’s not a choice. I had done so many diets over the course of my lifetime, I had failed so often and each time I failed I felt more ashamed and embarrassed that I decided I’m done, I’m giving up. And when it became so difficult for me to move at the weight I was at, I finally got up the courage to try it one more time, and that’s when I started looking for science-based, evidence-based treatment and fortunately I found it. Um, very few people are as fortunate as I am to have found it and that needs to change.
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