Saturday, January 19, 2008

LLVLC On YouTube (Episode 23): Who Can You Count On For Diet Accountability?

Weight loss success is virtually impossible to accomplish without the help of a solid circle of accountability surrounding you, supporting you, and cheering you on as you travel down what is arguably the hardest thing you will ever do in your entire life. It astonishes me whenever I hear people who try to begin a low-carb lifestyle change without at least securing for themselves an individual or a group of people who will provide the necessary checks and balances to keep them honest about their progress.

Christine and I address this extremely important topic head-on in Episode 23 of "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb On YouTube." This is one of those issues that so many people take too lightly in their weight and health management program which may explain why the rate of attrition among those who are able to lose weight and keep it off long-term is so obscenely high. Accountability is paramount whenever you are striving towards a goal and much more so when that goal is losing weight and regaining your health.

Find out how you can be held accountable in your diet in today's video:

Most people who know about my low-carb weight loss success know that my wife Christine was a big part of that which is why I often tell people that they need to find their own "Christine" as they go down this road to a better life. You also should try to weigh yourself often so you know where you stand with your weight before it gets out of control.

Of course, blogging about your weight loss is an incredible accountability partner as so many people have discovered. In fact, I'm aware of over 100+ blogs that have been created by people who took up my challenge to create one to be more accountable and responsible in their commitment to livin' la vida low-carb.

My fellow low-carb blogger and friend Kent Altena did his own YouTube video on this subject of accountability because he knows his 200+ pound weight loss would not have been possible with it. This should lead you to ask a question I posed at my podcast show not that long ago: who holds you accountable on your diet? It's the million dollar question that deserves an answer. The last thing you want to do is try to diet in secret. That's the fastest way to falling flat on your face!

Express your thoughts about Episode 23 of "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb On YouTube" and post them at YouTube for a chance to win THREE DOZEN EGGLAND'S BEST EGGS gift certificates! I'd love to read your comments about how you stay accountable and committed to low-carb living when all the odds are stacked up against you. Long-term weight loss woes will merely continue for you unless you heed the lessons of those of us who figured out a way to beat those odds.

Watch all of our past YouTube videos in case you've missed any of them and join the 264 (and GROWING!) subscribers to our videos. We love reading your comments, sharing a smile with your stories about your low-carb experiences, and hearing from you with encouragement to keep doing what we are doing. Feel free to write to us anytime at KEEP ON WATCHING!!! :D

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Blogger srdrosehn said...

Hi Guys,
Love your blog and videos-just one thing-can you look straight ahead instead of up? Other than that, it's wonderful. I'm a fellow southerner (North Carolina) who has lived away from the south for 16 years, so ya'll are a breath of fresh air. Your appeal is being " real,"down-to-earth, and friendly. I've gone to so many wonderful links from your site also. Will check out Shrinking Tony too.
As for the content of this video-I'll keep re-watching it because my problem is: doing great for about a week, then high carb for awhile, then back on track. That cycle goes on and on with me. Still haven't figured out what it would take to break it.
Jimmy, you are so encouraging and entertaining-keep up the good work! (And we always have a fridge full of eggs and eat them constantly, so the coupons would be wonderful!)
Sharon Drosehn

1/21/2008 6:35 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS for your comments, Sharon! We appreciate you watching and encourage you to keep watching. :D

As for looking up, our camera is positioned at the top of my computer screen. When we looked directly into the camera, it has to be slightly upward based on the positioning of the camera. When we first started, we looked straight ahead and not at the camera. It didn't look very good.

THANK YOU for your feedback, though. We REALLY appreciate it. When we get our own TV show someday, those big fancy cameras will be positioned so we can look at them at eye level. :D

1/21/2008 9:21 AM  
Blogger Gloriana said...

I strongly disagree that maintaining one's privacy about weight loss programmes makes success 'virtually impossible.' As with most things, it depends on one's own personality and ways. In my own case, I find that "accountability" to anyone else only causes stress and anxiety (rather like the "I won't dare eat, because I know I have a weigh in coming" from that dreadful Weight Watchers), and invites comments which are not helpful in the least.

You are very fortunate to have been supported in the least - especially on a low carb programme! Though I do not discuss my weight loss efforts as a rule, now that my weight loss (over 70 pounds - about 40 more to go) is finally noticeable, I have had others (who think "you must have lost ten or twelve pounds!") ask how I've done this. Once I mention low carb... well, let us say that I hear nothing but derogatory remarks.

But, that aside, I find low carb to be completely 'livable,' because it is the only programme which both reduces appetite and bases intake (which will decrease naturally with satiety) on one's own needs, not on imposed rules from anyone else.

Another important point - I think it can become extremely dangerous if weight loss becomes a competition, as often happens if one is looking for 'support.' One who loses less can be taken for a failure, liar, 'cheater,' and so forth, even though it isn't true. One who loses more will also be up for attack! ("Couldn't the doctor give you something where you lost only one or two pounds a month? I read that was 'safe.'")

I'd also be wary of any online forum. There are several low carb spots (not this one) that are suited only for those who like bullies - like domineering moderators who play stupid word games and accuse people of lying or lack of motivation if, for example, they have a plateau, etc.. Yes, some people like abuse - they think it will 'motivate' them. But for others it is very dangerous.

I know my success with low carb has been nothing to match Jimmy's, but I have found one of the main benefits of this sort of programme lies in that I do not need anyone but myself to achieve such success.

1/23/2008 3:53 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

I hear ya Gloriana, and CONGRATULATIONS on doing this on your own. I can somewhat agree with you based on your own perspective and results, but most people would do MUCH better if they had someone to help support them in this endeavor. Again, WAY TO GO on your success! :D

1/23/2008 3:56 PM  
Blogger Gloriana said...

Thank you, Jimmy (I love your blog) - and I wish I had lost HALF of what you have. (I'm in a plateau period, and desperately frustrated - the more because the few fools who think I reached this weight and therefore think I am thin, which of course I do not, have to make 'helpful' comments about how huge I still am - a US size 14 at 5'2". But at least I have no doctors involved - I would still be torn apart for my 'severe obesity.')

I only jumped in on this thread because "The last thing you want to do is try to diet in secret. That's the fastest way to falling flat on your face!" certainly is not true for all of us. I suppose that, if someone had an individual who actually was supportive, it could be helpful, but I have found, in my own life, that it's best not to mention weight loss efforts. (I ate - gasp! - a piece of cheese in front of a cousin... that led to laughter and mockery en masse - as if it weren't bad enough that I eat meat.)

I was in the company of someone this week who ended every sentence (whether it had to do with a cold spell, Iraq, which acquaintance had a new grandchild, whatever) with "they taught us in Weight Watchers..." One would think life, death, and salvation depended on it! I mention this only to remind others that, where Jimmy had a supportive spouse, generally in social conversations weight loss is a highly boring topic, and can lead to dreadful self absorption.

1/25/2008 2:45 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

True enough, Gloriana, and I'm sorry you are in that position. Hopefully someone can step up and be that support for you. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

1/25/2008 2:54 PM  

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