There are many reasons to lose weight, and making the commitment can ultimately improve overall health and increase quality of life.

But are your behaviors and motivations holding you back?

We know that positive behaviors toward food and exercise can improve our health, but for many reasons we don’t practice them consistently. Researchers in both physical and psychological sciences know that a team approach is critical to address the social, environmental, biological, hormonal and psychological factors that influence our weight.

Asking yourself two questions about your motivation can help uncover why behavior changes are difficult:

  • On a 0-10 scale, how important is this behavior change to me?
  • On a 0-10 scale, how confident am I that I can make this change?

Perhaps you realize the change is not important at this time because other issues in life are taking priority. That’s OK. Revisit the change when the chaos settles or work on self-talk — that thoughtful conversation that you have with yourself — to increase the level of importance. Without significance, behavior change becomes elusive.

The second question addresses your confidence level. It is possible your “failure” to change comes from self-defeating thoughts or behaviors. Increasing your confidence level will help translate into successful behavior change.

A model for behavior change suggests that where we are in the “change process” is a strong indicator for our readiness to change.

Stages of Behavior Change

  • Precontemplative: the need for change is out of our awareness
  • Contemplative: considering that change may be needed
  • Preparation: beginning to think about a plan for change
  • Action: putting the plan in place for changing behavior
  • Relapse: falling back on old, unhealthy behaviors

Prochaska, Diclemente. “Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change.” 1983

We may move back and forth between these phases until we reach our goal. Relapse is not the end. It is a signal to check our mindfulness, answer the two motivation questions and rethink our plan.

Srividya Kidambi, MD, a Froedtert & MCW endocrinologist, said key components of weight-loss behaviors include:

Setting reasonable goals and holding yourself accountable Planning ahead for meals, exercise and activities that enhance relaxation Being mindful of triggers for stress, emotional eating and sleep disruption

Change is a process. It is a marathon, not a sprint. The goal is a general sense of well-being most of the time. Taking care of yourself can give you joy and a sense of accomplishment.

Mindfulness helps us live in the moment and be more aware of thoughts and emotions, rather than wandering inattentively through life. Once we set specific, realistic and meaningful goals, mindfulness helps us keep them in check. These goals become our proactive approach to living healthy, preventing illness and managing chronic conditions.

Start Your Weight Loss Journey

Sandra Schuleit

How do I get started. Clicking on "Start Your Weight Loss Journey' only took me to a long list of doctors, none of which were advising on weight loss.

Froedtert & MCW

Thank you for pointing that out. We have updated the link on this page so that it will direct you to the weight management pages, where you can connect with dieticians and other specialists.

Christine Smith

Hello could you please give me some guidance on weight loss I want to feel healthy and feel great again! More energy and eat the right foods. I need guidance. Christinesmith

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Leslie Heinrichs

Can you e-mail me with information about your weight loss program? I am so frustrated and would love to hear about how we could work together to make changes.

Froedtert & MCW

Hi Leslie -
Thank you for taking the first step towards improving your health! We are happy to assist you further with your request to lose weight. Please reach out to us at 414-805-6633 and we will be more than happy to help schedule your first visit on this exciting journey.
Thanks,
Taylor

Camille Ripke

I am 5'5" and weigh 180 pounds. I would like to speak to someone about a healthy weight loss and weight management plan.

Froedtert & MCW

Hello Camille –
Thank you for taking the first step towards improving your health! We are happy to assist you further with your request to lose weight. Please reach out to us at 414-805-6633 and we will be more than happy to help schedule your first visit on this exciting journey.
Thanks!
Taylor

Mitchell Jorgensen

Seeking help losing weight. Please give guidance on the following:

Meal plans
What’s good for me and what isn’t
Explanation of the nutritional table
Basically everything on how to eat right and be good to my body to lose weight.

Froedtert & MCW

Hi Mitchell -
Thank you for taking the first step towards improving your health! We are happy to assist you further with your request to lose weight. Please reach out to us at 414-805-6633 and we will be more than happy to help schedule your first visit on this exciting journey.
Thanks,
Taylor

Kathy Schwind

I want, as well as need, to lose weight. I would like help and guidance with this journey. Please let me know about what kind of programs Froedtert offers. Thank you!

Froedtert & MCW

Thank you for taking the first step towards improving your health! We are happy to assist you further with your request to lose weight. Please reach out to us at 414-805-6633 and we will be more than happy to help schedule your first visit on this exciting journey.

Joyce Ray

I want and need to lose some weight to be more healthy.

Froedtert & MCW

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Toshia Whaley

Need to loose weight

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Philip "Terry" Anderegg

I've been obese for much of my adult life. I need some help and guidance.

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Cheryl Peete

Hi, my name is Cheryl and I would like to know the resources available for primary obesity prevention. Is there any way I can meet with to gain information on such services.

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Shelly Koopman

I would like to learn more about what food to eat to lose weight - like a meal plan.

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Carl Vowels

Ready to take the next step in reducing my weight and eating right.

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