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Posted by: John | 2009-10-15

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Losing Weight is Not a Race - It' s a Hike

Many dieters quit dieting because they don' t lose weight fast enough.
Fast enough for what?
Comfort (?)
Makes no sense, does it?
Surely it' s LESS COMFORTABLE being overweight.
Surely it' s LESS COMFORTABLE giving up and then having to start over again.
THE POINT
There' s no time limit on losing weight.
Losing weight is NOT timed.
- Races are timed.
- Exams are timed.
- Voyages into outer space are timed.
- Factory shifts are timed.
- Weight-loss isn' t.
TAKE A HIKE
Weight loss is like a long hike.
You walk a few miles, then take a rest. You carry on for a while.
Then maybe you check-in to a hostel or camp-site.
The following day you continue your hike, and so on until the end.
Sure, you have a rough estimate of how long it' s going to take.
But if it takes a little longer than planned, you don' t just quit.
KEY QUESTION
Suppose you have 40 pounds to lose.
Suppose you plan to do it within 4 months.
But suppose it actually takes you 6 months.
Is this so bad?

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Dear John
Thank you so much for this sensible contribution. I just wish that the majority of Readers who are frantic to lose weight that they have gained over months or years, in a few short weeks. Modern humans have no patience and the majority want instant gratification and expect to lose 10 kg per month, instead of slowly and steadily as you have described.
Thank you once again.
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2009-10-16

Dear John
Thank you so much for this sensible contribution. I just wish that the majority of Readers who are frantic to lose weight that they have gained over months or years, in a few short weeks. Modern humans have no patience and the majority want instant gratification and expect to lose 10 kg per month, instead of slowly and steadily as you have described.
Thank you once again.
DietDoc

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