Are You Ready to Lose Weight For Good? Five (5) Questions to Ask Yourself.

You may be ready for the best year of your life.

William Anderson, LMHC
4 min readNov 1, 2020


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1) Can you accept the reality that you will need to make permanent changes in your habits? (Dieting does not solve the problem.) If you can, you may be on your way to success.

  • You don’t have to like this idea. You just have to accept it. You must be willing to change.
  • It won’t be as bad as you might imagine it will be. In fact, you’ll probably like the new habits better. You’ll find them more rewarding.
  • You don’t have to give up good food and enjoying it, having drinks, or going to restaurants and parties.
  • You don’t have to eat food you don’t like, use diets you don’t like, or join a gym and exercise a lot.
  • But you will have to change. But it’s not just a matter of deciding to change. It’s not just a matter of making up your mind. That’s the start. You need learn how to change.

2) Are you willing to do the work to learn and use technique you are not familiar with?

  • Personal change is rarely accomplished by sheer force of will. Application of psychological techniques, skills like self-programming, self-hypnosis, cognitive behavior therapy, and behavior therapy are what makes you have real will power.
  • Learning these skills takes some work, like learning a sport or a musical instrument. No one can do it for you. But anyone can master these skills. However, just learning about them does not make change happen.
  • Knowing what these skills are is not what makes you succeed. Using them does. Knowing about the skills to ride a bike does not give you the ability to ride a bike. You actually have to apply the knowledge and then practice the skills. After a while it comes naturally, automatically, “like riding a bike”. It’s the same with the skills for self-change. Reading about them and knowing about them intellectually does not get you anywhere. Practicing them does.

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William Anderson, LMHC

Psychotherapist teaching the psychology and science of weight control. Author of "The Anderson Method — The Secret to Permanent Weight Loss".