3/14/08

Maybe I do need counselling...

Yeah, not the kind you're thinking of, thanks...or maybe I should look into having those "issues" checked too :S So a nifty little study was done that found that people on weight loss programs who sought the advice of "counsellors" a long the way. They took a bunch of people who were obese and had high health risk factors, got em together, told them they were going to go through a "lifestyle change" using calorie restricted meal plans, moderate exericse and goal setting.
hmmm...sounds like a familiar program...can't put my finger on it....
At the end of their weight loss, they assigned them to different maintenance groups: with direct counselling, self-directed and Internet based.
Guess who gained back the least?
Yup - the people who had someone talk and hold their hand through the process faired the best, followed by the interactive Internet group.
So it makes me wonder... do I need someone there to coach me through life?
Is relying on Internet interactivity that I get day in and day out good enough? Don't get me wrong, I love you ladies but I sometimes I wonder if I DO need meetings lately. Like this morning I SERIOUSLY thought about getting out of bed early and going to my dad's meeting in the beach and signing up. I keep talking about it but I really want to do it. The only problem is that he misses every few Saturdays because of work and I was afraid he wouldn't be at it. But whether I choose to go to a meeting or continue online really is irrelevant. The issue really lies in making the right choices day in and day out and not treating this as a diet. The study was also featured in a Star(CP article) this week where the writer also interviewed Dr. Diane Finegood, an expert in obesity and diabetes at Simon Fraser University. Her opinion on the matter speaks VOLUMES:
Finegood, who describes herself as formerly obese after losing 75 pounds seven years ago, said in order to be more successful, people may need to stop thinking about losing weight and maintaining that loss as two different phases. "Rather than thinking that you are going to go on a diet that lasts a fixed period of time, we have to work our heads around the notion that we are changing our lifestyles for good."
The two to three pound average gain between groups is nominal. The fact of the matter is that each took the effort to MAINTAIN a loss. I need to remember that. It's not effortless. and whether I'm talking to someone or talking to myself, I can get through it, one point at a time :)

10 comments:

TrixieBelden said...

Great post! I have been dealing with my own issues with maintenance, so this post and article are very interesting.

I say definitely sign up for meetings with your Dad. You know what you need to give you support and it sounds like that would be a great opportunity for you.

Let us know how it goes!

Jen said...

Hey girly, I have seriously considered joining meetings (once I get closer to goal) as well, because I think (for me) being around people that are going to see me every week makes me more accountable...(also, I would love to be a leader for that VERY same reason, I don't like letting people down)...

I am slowly learning about this as a lifelong process...it definitely makes the bad days a little less painful knowing that I am going to have them my WHOLE life and that ONE day won't ruin the REST of my life...

I think it sounds like a great idea Mouse!

Sarah said...

It's totally true, maintenance is as hard, if not harder than weight loss. It's a really difficult thing to find where that line in the sand is. Ok, I can eat more now, but how much more? I can have treats now, but how much? What is too much?

Support it key too, if you think you should be going to meetings, maybe you should be!

meredi said...

If you go to meetings you should come to miiiiiiine! As you know, Charlie is amazing :)

I can totally understand your thoughts, and I'm all for a little hand-holding if it's what it takes to get me through it. I'd rather get help and succeed than force through on my own and fail.

I've been finding that my meeting focuses too much on losing though, as opposed to maintaining. This is natural for a weight-loss program :) but it hasn't been fully meeting my needs. I feel like I've gotten next-to-no support from anywhere about how to wrangle this maintenance issue. It feels like everyone assumes that by the time you get here, you're home free.

The Tuesday meeting at the YMCA... I couldn't stand the leader, but he *did* have a maintenance circle 5 minutes before every meeting where everyone could sit and discuss their issues. I wish Charlie did something like that.

What's your dad's meeting like? And how's your dad doing these days, anyway?

A Box of Chocolates said...

I totally hear what you are saying. I have been debating trying some meetings for my last 15 pounds. It has been so hard to get them off. It may be nice to have some extra support and attending the meetings with your dad would be cool.

Natalie said...

I think the article is correct. The support factor is huge! I think that's why other weight loss programs have such high success rates during the weight loss phase ie. herbal magic. The only problem with some of those is they don't assist you to maintain it and that's when people gain it back.

Hmmm... maybe I need counselling too...

anna said...

i tend to be a little too proactive and would suggest getting some counseling. what can it hurt? and what if it really helps? i read a lot of these weightloss blog peeps who i think could use a little 1 on 1 with an emotional pro...me included, eh?

MizFit said...

it ISNT effortless huh?

I like to think it takes a village.

(or--if youre me---an entire Bumbliing Band O'Mizfits)

M.

Sonya said...

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea that I have to do this lifestyle change thing for the rest of my life. Good God, it's overwhelming!

I need all the help I can get so I blog, and go to meetings. Do whatever you got to do, to help yourself maintain.

Shirls said...

I've always love the meetings I attended and I miss them dearly, I think meetings are as good as you make them, share and listen and it keeps your head in the game big time put it this way, what harm is going to come of dropping it to meetings?

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