So How Much Willpower do YOU need to Lose Weight?

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-04-14 14:48:47 -0500
Started 2012-04-11 21:26:03 -0500

See the link below for an interesting discussion of ideas that may work for you as you join the battle to try to lose weight so that you can keep your BGs under better control. HINT: it's NOT all about willpower (shudder), there are some practical ideas in this article that you might want to consider.

11 replies

JSJB 2012-04-14 07:27:37 -0500 Report

It is all will power for me. I am a carb watcher and the food I like is full of carbs. It is getting easier for me to control my diet but there are days that I just say what the hey gimmie dat piece or two of pizza, cake, or a full hoagie/cheese steak mmmmm yummy then off to the gym for some exercise:) So far I have loset 40 lbs in the last 7 months but some of that was with the meds.

Caroltoo 2012-04-14 12:42:58 -0500 Report

Sounds like what you are doing is working for you. I have days like that too and do the same sort of thing. Generally, though, I've gotten past the cravings and feel better for having done so.

shortysmalls 2012-04-14 13:07:48 -0500 Report

i have to watch portions and all but also exercise. But know some who go to TOPS weight watchers, etc and that works for them too. Its all individual preference. but willpowerdoes play a part and for me struggle with that all the time. sometimes am ok and other times no win but get bk on and go again.

Bamberg 2012-04-12 01:33:17 -0500 Report

Hi, Carol. I find tjat a strait up Weight Watchers diet requires no willpower after the first week or two. It might not be for everyone because it ignores total carbs. But it worked well for me.

Lizardfan 2012-04-12 14:59:38 -0500 Report

I love Weight Watchers! I have used the WW principal plan ever since I was diagnosed with diabetes. I am currently using the 2012 Points Plus and have lost 16.50 since January. I am almost at goal, just trying to figure out where I want to finish.

Caroltoo 2012-04-12 04:09:33 -0500 Report

Glad you have been successful on Weight Watchers. That actually is what the information on the link says too, not necessarily weight watchers, but that it's not an issue of willpower.

Bamberg 2012-04-12 04:17:46 -0500 Report

I think you're right, if too much willpower is required in a diet then you are just setting yourself up for failure.

Caroltoo 2012-04-12 04:40:39 -0500 Report

While I call it my diet, I am speaking of what I eat which has undergone sustainable permanent change, as opposed to needing to stay on a "diet".

Bamberg 2012-04-12 04:46:09 -0500 Report

That's exactly right. With Weight Watchers you aren't hungry all the time. The things you have to give up stop, after a while, appealing to you. I couldn't imagine, for instance, eating a piece of cake or an eclair or a large submarine sandwich.

Caroltoo 2012-04-12 04:48:18 -0500 Report

Amazing how much our preferences actually do change. Like yours, many of mine also relate to portion control.