Willpower Doesn't Work for Weight Loss. Here’s What Does.

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2019

Forget Willpower

According to Mark Twain, “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.”

Most people think all we need to lose weight is good, old-fashioned self-denial and willpower.

Nothing, in my view, could be further from the truth.

Amanda says no to a yummy cupcake now in order to shed 50 pounds by next year. And she has to slog through self-denial like this every day till she reaches her goal weight — 365 denied cupcakes later.

Willpower — self-denial now to reach a worthy goal later — may help us reach some goals, but weight loss isn’t one of them.

A few of us with extraordinary willpower can resist the daily onslaught of temptation, but the vast majority of us can’t. Research shows that 99% of people trying to lose weight through willpower fail long-term.

Eating is simply too strong a survival drive and willpower too limited a resource. We can muster only...

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