How to keep a weight your satisfied with (spoiler: it’s not nutrition)
Read this amazing article about the Weight Watchers’ new points program a few months ago and one quote has stuck with me ever since:
“Weight maintenance has more to to with behavior and less to do with nutrition. It’s a life transformation approach. People have to take responsibility for their behaviors”
The quote is from David Kirchhoff, CEO of Weight Watchers, speaking on the subject of why a lot of their members have a hard time keeping their weight loss. So here’s a guy selling weight loss programs based on nutrition telling us that keeping your ideal weight has little to do with what you eat. Now that’s honesty!
When people talk about weight loss they tend to get quite one dimensional. They either discuss diets, what to eat or not to eat, which exercises are the best or how you can make room for time at the gym in an already fully booked schedule. What we want to do is to create a more holistic view on health, and judging by Kirchhoff’s words that is what the Weight Watchers want to do as well.
This will be one of my shortest blog posts so far because I just wanted you to read this awesome quote and think about what behaviors you consider healthy. Or perhaps even what kind of behaviors you’d recommend a friend to do more of in order to maintain a weight loss. I’ll bet there is a big chance that those behaviors would be more complex than just: “go to the gym” or “eat salad for lunch”. If we can create a broader view of what’s considered healthy I’m convinced that engaging in health-promoting behavior could become a lot more fun. I for instance recently added “escape a zomebie mob” to my healthy behavior. Click here to see what I mean (it’s a lot of fun and helped me prepair for Paris marathon).