Making permanent lifestyle changes necessary for lasting weight management can be challenging and may, at times, be inconvenient. Starting a program when the time is not right or for the wrong reasons may decrease your chances of success.

For example, it may not be the best time to begin a weight loss program when you are experiencing other life transitions (e.g., moving, changing jobs, changes in relationships, or personal losses). For some people, starting a program may represent a positive coping step and can play an important role in re-establishing a sense of stability.

For others, starting a program may be an attempt to avoid dealing with the real issues or an attempt to solve the real problem. [Editor’s note: see The Weight Loss Readiness your readiness to begin a weight loss program.]

Carefully consider whether this is a good time to begin a weight management program. Consider the advantages and disadvantages for beginning a weight management program. Then, consider the advantages and disadvantages for beginning a weight management program now. If the timing is not right, given the ratio of disadvantages to advantages, then set a date for re-evaluating your decision and mark it on your calendar.

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