This comment from Me regarding my last post was very thought provoking:
Motivation is the reason why we succeed or fail at anything. My own
personal opinion is that "being healthy" is not a good enough motivation
to lose weight, because if we wanted to be healthy, we wouldn't have
put on weight in the first place. I know that this is somewhat
As an example, ask someone why they have not
tried heroin (scary addiction and potentially life damaging), bet all of
their wealth on a single horse at the grand national (financial ruin
and a life of explaining to people why you screwed up), or have 10
children to 10 different partners (financial burden and the
understanding that maybe your children would suffer).
don't do those behaviors because of the bad effects. Yet we become
overweight/obese until our health suffers but we continue to eat. A
reduced life expectancy 40 years from now is just too far away and not
important enough. Just my opinion of course, and I welcome the
opportunity to be proven wrong.
The average weight loss
achieved by dieters/weight loss bloggers is zero, but I'd say if you
offered $50,000 to someone who lost weight and maintained for 10 years
the success rate would be higher, even though that is what they'd expect
to lose as income of an obese person is reduced due to shorter life
expectancy and greater health costs / shorter working life.
If someone offered me $50,000 as a motivator for weight loss; I would be all over it wouldn't you? If someone told me that in 40 years I would still have many good years ahead of me if I lost the same amount of weight not so much. If that same person said I had to maintain the loss for 10 years before receiving the $50,000 the same enthusiasm would not be there. I would have to receive the $50,000 immediately upon losing said amount of weight then I would spend the money and what happens next? You know. I would gain the weight back plus some probably. I lost the weight for the wrong reason and once I received the money (another phrase for "reached my goal weight") things would return to the original state.
Weight loss is not like a cold, you get over it, and go back to life as usual. It has never worked and it never will.