by Daniel Hoy in the Herald Sun, Monday, January 17, 2011
It's easier and more effective to lose weight in stages. So aim for a 10 per cent weight loss and then try to stabilise that weight for a few months so your body and your brain accept that as your new body weight.
"In that time you can establish new habits, get used to the benefits, buy new clothes, see how your body feels, and enjoy these rewards," says Australian Psychological Society health psychologist Dr Helen Linder.
"Then aim to step downward another 10 per cent until you reach your goal weight.
"To be successful in the long term, any weight-loss program can't be really hard work.
"If it's too hard, it won't be maintained. It has to be something that you can integrate into your daily life, but that will take planning and thought."