When you set your mind to a weight reduction plan, how long does it last? The idea is wonderful but the temptations are overwhelming.  If you set your goals you may reach them.  Often people follow a weight reduction plan and do well for awhile, but then gain it all back.  It’s not as easy as one would think.  According to the ‘Journal of Obesity,’ only twenty percent of the people who diet maintain their weight loss after one year and it decreases at the two year mark.  The study didn’t include individuals who had quit the program.  The percentage is probably significantly higher.  The trouble with a weight reduction plan is that the majority are just too complicated.  Even with apps on your phone, it is time consuming and after awhile people just give up.  The researchers at Psychosomatic Medicine have stated that people who worry about their weight tend to create cortisol which actually creates more fat around your waistline.  So much for the diet idea.  The truth is anyone considering a weight reduction has to make changes to their lifestyle.  Just changing from drinking soda to water will automatic shed a few pounds or kilos.  The idea of a diet is an automatic mental reflex to reject it.  If you feel you need a weight reduction, start slowly and simply.  Changing a few foods in your diet that are high calorie is a good start.  Walking everyday until you build up to twenty or thirty minutes will not only help but it may give you a good night’s sleep.  Being permanently on a diet is never the answer.  In the Good Gus series no one had a weight reduction plan.  Everyone had to work hard physically every day just to maintain their lifestyle.  Plus, fast food just wasn’t invented!  As you put your child to bed, please remember that you can find the Good Gus series on Kindle.  If your weight reduction plan is failing you, try a few of the tips in this blog and then take a reading break with “Misplaced Trust” which is available 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.