Will You Maintain Your Weight Loss? Take the Quiz

Your diet is working! You’re losing weight and looking and feeling great!

You heard the statistics for maintaining a lower weight and they’re not good. Will you be able to beat the odds?  WIll you be one of the fortunate few who stay at goal?

Don't let the discouraging statistics stop you from reaching your goal and staying there! It can be done and you can be A Winner at Losing too! Staying at goal is a matter of how you get there!

Don’t let the discouraging statistics stop you from reaching your goal and staying there! It can be done and you can do it too! Staying at goal is a matter of how you get there!

You can determine your likelihood of staying at goal by taking this quiz.

Choose the response that best applies to you. Answer these questions honestly.

(1) I am losing weight because:

a. I want to look good for a special event, occasion or vacation.

b. I hate myself when I’m fat.

c. I want to take better care of myself.

 

(2) My diet is:

a. Putting a serious cramp in my style.

b. Often making me feel deprived or hungry but I realize it’s the price I must pay.

c. Mostly small but significant changes in what I’ve was doing before I started my diet.

 

(3) I’m exercising:

a. A lot to enhance my appearance.

b. Until every muscle in my body is screaming, to lose weight faster.

c.To have fun and increase my fitness level.

 

(4) My diet allows me to fit in some treats

a. Never.

b. Only when I cheat.

c. Occasionally when I work them into my plan.

 

(5) I’m looking forward to:

a. Getting to goal and getting back to normal.

b. Not hating my body.

c. Continuing to work on my fitness-related goals to support a long and healthy life.

 

Answer Key

Mostly As

You’re extremely motivated to lose weight for a special occasion. Your answers indicate that you won’t maintain the weight loss for long because your focus is on one event. You have essentially put your life on hold to prepare for an event. If you think you can go back to normal once you reach your goal, normal will include your former, higher weight.

To stay at goal you need to change your former normal behavior to a new normal behavior that combines both your weight management actions and your lifestyle.

Mostly Bs

You’re losing weight because you hope that being slimmer will make you acceptable to yourself. Your motivation is escaping pain. Your negative feelings about yourself make you use punishment as a weight loss strategy. A punitive diet invites cheating and cheating only makes you feel worse about yourself and reinforces all your negative feelings. If you do get to goal, you may still not be satisfied with your body because it doesn’t conform to your “ideal.”

Work on self-acceptance. Instead of dieting to punish yourself for getting fat, try to take better care of your body to become fit. Embrace a new healthy lifestyle that makes you feel great!

Mostly Cs

You’ve got this! You’re making sustainable changes to your eating and exercising habits. You’re living your life while you lose weight and that’s an important part of learning how to stay at goal. Your progress may not be as fast, but you’re learning strategies to overcome challenges head-on (rather than avoid the challenging situations altogether) as you go. That’s exactly what’s needed to stay at goal. Weight management will never become fully-automatic. You will need to stay aware of your choices and continue to make the smart ones to support your weight-related goals.

Congratulations for doing it in a way that’s a good fit with your life. If there is one thing that predicts lasting success, it’s a positive incorporation of your life with your weight management.

Remember, to stay at goal, you need to get there in a way that suits you, because basically it’s what you must continue to do to stay at goal!

A, B, or C consider joining Weight Watchers meetings. You live in today’s world. Our environment is full of food cues and everyday a new labor-saving device is introduced to further support a sedentary lifestyle. It’s a challenging world for us to reach and maintain a healthy weight. It’s not going to change so we need to learn how to live in it the way it is! Weight Watchers built a program you can stick with, wherever life takes you because it allows you to integrate your world with your weight-related goals.

Weight Watchers meetings teach you how to eat the foods you love and manage your weight. The behaviors you learn from attending Weight Watchers meetings are reinforced in an environment of group support. You’ll get tips, ideas and insight from people who share the same challenges as you. That’s what makes Weight Watchers so effective!

Weight Watchers had more than 50 years of success behind us, and U.S. News & World Report has ranked Weight Watchers #1 Best Plan for Weight Loss 4 years in a row.

Weight Watchers works.Period.We’ve got over 50 years of success behind us, and  has ranked Weight Watchers #1 Best Plan for Weight Loss 4 years in a row.We’ve got over 50 years of success behind us, and  has ranked Weight Watchers #1 Best Plan for Weight Loss 4 years in a row.

Your favorite foodsare still in.

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is the general manager of Weight Watchers of Maine. She is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. Her experience with her own weight management journey and raising girls has given her insight into the struggles families face with weight, healthy body image, food and physical activity. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news for more than ten years and appears monthly as a guest on FOX network morning program Good Day Maine.