A new client just asked me if it was better to start her programme before her holiday or after her holiday.

If we were talking about a diet, then the answer is after the holiday.

This is because a diet is:
Short term

You want to enjoy your holiday before you start the diet. Hence the popularity of the phrase “the diet starts tomorrow”

But if you are using a behavioural approach to losing weight, you are more interested in long term weight loss. You want to lose weight and keep it off for good. And the only way that most people would ever stick to a weight loss programme for the long term was if it allowed you to eat out, travel and enjoy life while still maintaining your weight.

What this means is that you need to be able to go on holiday AND maintain your weight. You need to learn how to enjoy your holiday and still maintain your weight (believe me it is possible). If you don’t learn how to do this, then you will either:
1. not be able to maintain your weight loss for the long term
2. not be able to go on holiday ever again

So, it makes more sense to start a behavioural weight loss programme BEFORE you go on holiday. You are going to be learning how to cope with anything that comes your way. And the holiday provides a great opportunity to try that.

Dr. Khandee Ahnaimugan (Dr. K) is a medical doctor, weight loss expert and author of the best-selling book, “Slim and Healthy without Dieting”. He provides individual consulting programmes for people wanting to lose weight without dieting. Try his 7 Day “How to Lose Weight without Dieting” Email Course for FREE at www.doctorkweightloss.com

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