Maintenance at its best!
Many of us want to know, when we reach our goal weight with SENSA® then what? Is there a maintenance program after this? The answer is yes but it depends on how ready you are to maintain your goal weight you have achieved. Mike Ditka says it best, “Some people are willing to pay the price and it’s the same with staying healthy or eating healthy. There’s some discipline involved. There’s some sacrifices.”
Dr. Alan Hirsch created SENSA® to be a six month weight-loss program. In that amount of time we learn many valuable lessons; listening to our body when it starts to feel full and stop eating, balancing our diet with nutritional food, exercise to fight fatigue and boost our energy, and portion control.
You know as well as I do old habits are hard to break and new habits take time to establish. Many times we find ourselves returning to our old way of eating and thinking about food. We get excited that we have finally reached our weight-loss goal and decide to celebrate our success. The question is; are we celebrating in a way that is productive for long-term sustainable weight-loss?
If we find ourselves slipping into unproductive eating patterns, I find we do one of two things; we either blame SENSA® for not doing what we believed it was supposed to do or we blame ourselves for not being able to ever keep our weight off no matter how hard we try. Do we see the missing link in our thinking? SENSA® is a tool to curb our appetite, diminish our cravings and teach us portion control. Our job is to come to an understanding of what it will take for us to maintain our weight-loss success. Where are you in this process?
Let’s examine ourselves and see if we are ready for maintenance.
What was your reason for starting SENSA?
Many of us have tried diets that may have given us a fast weight-loss but little time to change any habits. Some diets we have used have been time consuming, counting calories to weighing food. Some have come in pill form that has given us a rapid heartbeat and costly side-effects. SENSA® on the other hand allows us to eat what everyone else eats while curbing our appetite; diminishing our cravings and helping us learn portion control. The process is easy and allows the body to gradually adjust to smaller portions, making it easier to practice moderation which helps us achieve long-term sustainable weight-loss.
How long have you been on the program?
Giving ourselves time to adjust to a new product is very important but many of us want instant gratification which translates into fast weight-loss. The National Institute of Health recommends aiming to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week for safe, sustainable weight-loss. SENSA® recommends we stick with the system and we will lose weight. They also advocate a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and portion control.
What have you learned since you have been on your weight-loss journey?
Old habits are hard to break and new habits take time to establish. There are many things that might stop this process, so learning about you and what triggers you is essential for your success. Are you an emotional eater? Does boredom give you cause to eat? Do the stressors in your life cause you to comfort yourself with food? As you can see it takes time to give you a long-term sustainable weight-loss if these issues are not dealt with over time and practical steps to help you. The SENSA® Community is a great place for support, encouragement and tips, with people much like you. Many are finding success at overcoming these areas of weaknesses with SENSA® and the support of one another.
Are you ready for maintenance?
After processing all the questions that are necessary for success to maintain your new found weight-loss; are you ready for maintenance? SENSA® is a tool to help you as you continue on your journey of breaking the old habits and empowering you to establish portion control, healthy living, and a regular exercise routine. This is a decision that only you can make in continuing with the aid of SENSA® or branching out with all you have learned to live maintenance at its best!
Good Luck to you all!
* Studies show average weight loss of 30.5 lbs in 6 months. Miriam is a SENSA® Coach