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The Importance Of Consistency

Here is a definition of the word: “CONSISTENCY”: the quality of always behaving or performing in a similar way, or of always happening in a similar way

Very often when sports’ commentators provide insights as to why a particular player(s) in specific sports are the very best, the word “consistency” pops up.  This could refer to a baseball player that hardly ever goes into a batting slump, a hockey goalie that only allows 0, 1 or 2 goals a game, a basketball player that always scores 20 or more points with at least 10 assists or a quarterback in football that always throws more touchdown passes than interceptions.   These special players consistently perform at a very high level.







Focusing on weight control:  The concept of “consistency” also holds lots of relevance.  If we were to “consistently” follow a high protein/high vegetable-low carb/low fruit/low alcohol approach weight would continue to drop every week.  For many, consistency in this approach may last for days, weeks or several months, but then inconsistency occurs, i.e. going back to old behaviors.  This explains the “yo-yo dieting” than many people experience during a long-term weight control journey.

I see many patients that go from one extreme:  Consistency in following exactly what our dietary plan calls for (being “All In”) and then consistency in going back to all of the old behaviors that caused the weight problem in the first place (being “All Out”).

Even the best of players in various sports do have the rare/occasional “slump” of some sort but very quickly, consistency is re-established.  For long-term weight control success, “consistency” is a very important concept.

The “Chairman Of The Board (i.e. Frank Sinatra) crooned a tune years ago called “All Or Nothing At All”.  As this relates to weight control, try to stay “All” (i.e. being consistent in following the healthy lifestyle that will produce weight control.

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