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Have You Heard? There’s a New Cutting Edge Weight Loss Trend

By Wendy Irvine December 31, 2023 Health and Fitness

I was a roly-poly kid, a squishy teen, and a squashier young adult (ages 18 to 36). Like most of us, I’ve yo-yo’d through a bazillion diets and a million more workouts with the likes of Jane Fonda; Lilias, Yoga and You; and Jazzercise, but I never created a permeant loss for myself.

Never even came close.

But guess what? (You might want to sit down.) The world has moved on from ye diets of old. We’re in a new year – inside a young century – and we know a lot more about how to lose weight. And stay tuned, because there’s exciting news on the forever-loss front as well.

Quick Backstory

Even when I was little, I was big. I started to balloon around the age of seven.

I was teased in school, of course, but was bummed to see that even the adults got in on the action. From coworkers I’d hear, “You’d be so pretty if you’d lose weight.”

From a family member when seeing me in my new red robe at Christmas, “You look like Santa.”

Such fun.

But by my early 40s, I lost 55-pounds (with toddlers running around); fast-forward 17 years and I’ve kept the original loss off. (No yo-yo-ing and I’m currently 59.)

We Had to Figure It Out Ourselves

In a nutshell, it’s not in the diet-world’s best interest for you and me to figure out how to have a forever-loss. So, we have to figure it out ourselves.

And I think I’ve hit on it.

Over the last 17 years, I pieced together a map that details how to create a long-term, permeant weight loss.

Thanks to two masterpiece books, Atomic Habits by James Clear and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, along with a super cool study on habits out of England, we have a more detailed understanding about how successful long-term change happens and how habit is the force behind so much good in our lives, but especially for a long-term weight loss.

James Clear tells us, “We’re not human beings. We’re habit beings.”

Given that, let’s say that strong embedded habits – that’ll have our backs forever – are the foundation of our house. And that new mindsets and super skills are the well-built house’s frame.

So, based on our smart home, this is what I figured out: smart eating habits + powerful new mindsets + precision super skills put you and me on the path to a forever weight loss.

Let me give you a handful of examples.

My Go-To Costco Habit (One Smart New Habit)

The pain is real. Shopping at Costco is only for the most skilled shopper because it’s too easy to run in for red grapes and come out with a double kayak.

But I’ve created the habit of going to Costco two or three times a month for the following:

  • Sweet Kale (found in cold section behind fruit).
  • Baby carrots and tubs of salad (also in cold section behind fruit).
  • Frozen Stir-Fry – I love the frozen veggies at Costco (a giant bag labeled “Stir Fry” next to frozen strawberries and blueberries which I also grab).
  • Frozen dark sweet cherries (for my oatmeal).
  • Red grapes if they’re in (I love to eat them with cottage cheese).
  • Any and all of the other fruit.
  • Dried plums (once called prunes until the marketing department got a clue).
  • Plant based protein powder (I love vanilla).

Now, here’s the real trick: besides shopping at Costco, I made more habits for myself like I stay out of the bakery and candy aisle entirely. Haven’t seen them in years.

Buh-Bye Need for Willpower (One New Mindset)

As you might have noticed, our culture is riddled with come-hither food. So, save yourself by asking the strongest of questions (that I use all the time), “Do I want the donuts or do I want to be a size 10”? (This sentence whisks me out of inappropriate-eating land – cookies, candy, ice cream – in a blink.) Best of all, the more you use this question, the stronger it gets.

Relying on willpower to take us to our preferred weight is so last century. It went the way of yo-yo dieting.

And good riddance.

Annihilating Errand-Eating (One Precision Skill)

I always carry a cold-tote packed with healthy bites and take the tote everywhere when I’m out and about. In my cold-tote you’ll likely find a hard-boiled egg, mini whole wheat banana muffins, a sliced apple, a small yogurt cup and so forth. I usually take two or three of the tiny bites with me.

With your cold-tote’s riding shotgun, you’ll never succumb to the donut shop and the fast-not-food drive thrus again.

Instead of willpower (which never worked long-term anyway), we’re replacing the vintage method of yo-yo-ing with seriously upleveled habits, mindsets, and super skills.

It’s 2024 and we’re jumping in the brand-new chapter that’s unfolding in our lives.

Just begin.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Have you ever wondered why weight maintenance has seemed so elusive? Do you blame yourself for a “lack of willpower?” What do you think about creating strong habits that serve you? Do you think our understanding of weight loss grows from decade to decade?

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I wish I had the humor of many of the writers on this blog. This post had me laughing out loud…and then I went and ordered Clear’s book straight away. I too enjoyed a bit more weight than normal as a kid. I grew up on a farm where there was something in harvest 11 months of the year so I could walk around the house with a colander and be full by the time I’d come full circle. People say you can’t gain weight on fruit. I beg to differ. Fruit is a CARB. Eat enough of it and you’ll see.
I finally discovered ballroom dance in my 30s. Finding an exercise that equates with bliss is bound to help keep the weight off – and it did, until the pandemic hit, the dancehalls closed and masking became routine once they re-opened.. I tend to suck in the mask when I dance (especially on the very fast Viennese waltz) and choking isn’t my idea of a fun time so I’m in a holding pattern right now.  Can’t wait for that book to arrive….


Oh Cindy, I LOVE to watch the ballroom dancers!! That’s definitely a workout! Those dancers are athletes. I can’t do it, due a health situation, but I sure wished I started in my 30s.
I would have been in bliss too! ♥

Wow re: the farm. Good to know about eating too much fruit. Join us on my blog:

Linda A Campbell

I think Everyone will or will not lose differently… Most days… I listen to & read about smart nutrition w/ tips & tricks… try to serve small portions… A cold plunge can help!


Linda, I’ve always been afraid to try the cold-plunge. I’m afraid it will give me a heart attack!
I’ve heard of people who swear by them, but is it supposed to help weight loss?


life after ozembic


Habit! That’s the magic word . I can’t seem to cultivate new habits. Thus I procrastinate. I’ve been fighting the last 5 lbs. of my goal weight for too long. For me it’s figuring out how to formulate a habit. I’m 83 and I think I’ve thrown in the towel. But maybe an article on how to develop habits might help me and the younger crowd. Just saying!!! lol Thanks.


Yes!! You are absolutely right. The very foundation of my blog is about how to create solid habits for ourselves. I always say, “habits first, and the scale will follow.”)

Take a look at my blog, and see what you think. And, by the way, I have many over 80s who read me and comment so you’re not alone! At every age we want to look cute, right?


Hello. I thinksnacking is not for me. I prefer to do intermitent diet. This year I am going to use the tips on atomic habits. The first few days are the hardest so I work on my mindset every morning. Use all you already have. For me it is my biological rythm of waking up at 5am


So cool you get up at 5 a.m.!’ve been trying for years to get up earlier.

I was totally into IF, but then I met a man who ate terribly when his hours we’re “open” like half of a cherry pie and never embedded solid eating habits.

But if you’re making it work I say, “run with it”!!

The Author

Wendy Irvine knows the difficulty of losing and maintaining weight, post menopause. After a lifetime of struggle, she lost 55lbs. in her 40s, and maintains the loss 17 years later (she’s currently 59). For the granular how-to, please visit her website.

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