The Commitment Factor and Weight Loss, by Stanley Bronstein, CPA, JD, LLM, VLCE

posted June 27, 2023

Until we are willing to make a 100% commitment toward that which we truly want, we will never achieve our maximum potential.

This is one of the key factors that holds most people back from losing the weight they want/need to lose and from keeping it off. They’re willing to get started and they even keep up the effort for a while, but they’re not willing to go 100% all in.

Going 100% all in means that you are foreclosing all possibilities of going backwards. It means that no matter what, you’re going to do what it takes to get your weight off and then continue to do what it takes to keep it off for the rest of your life.

This doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. We are human and are never going to be perfect.

It doesn’t mean you won’t slip up from time to time.

It doesn’t mean you won’t cheat from time to time.

But it does mean that any slip-up and times where you cheat will slow down your progress and if you do too much of this, those slip-ups and cheating may keep you from reaching your goal.

Losing weight and keeping it off requires a heck of a lot more than halfway effort.

It requires that we go all in and that we make a full-blown effort at getting it done.

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Trust me, I know. I used to weigh 367 pounds and today I’m around 130. It wasn’t until I truly committed 100% to doing what it takes that I actually began doing what it takes.

We do that by deciding, once and for all, that we are going to do what it takes, for as long as it takes.

In short, we must commit.

We must commit to the process, as close to 100% as possible.

We must make a commitment to bettering ourselves.

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This Commitment Factor is Concept #19 in the system I’ve created and that I personally used to get my weight off and to keep it off. That system is called The Way of Excellence.

The achievement of personal excellence requires a level of commitment where one goes 100% all in toward the achievement of that which they truly want. Anything less than 100% will, at best, only get you partway there.

Making a commitment to yourself is what will get you started and what will get you through the process of weight loss. It’s also what will keep that weight off once you’ve lost it.

Unfortunately, too many people aren’t willing to make a strong enough commitment to themselves, so they either never get started or never accomplish their desired goal of permanent weight loss.


Because all too often, we see only what’s right in front of us. That tempting treat is right in front of us and we know we will enjoy it, so we eat it. Over and over and over and over.

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The only problem is that type of behavior eventually catches up to us in the long term. We’re so focused on the immediate pleasure that comes from eating too many of the wrong things and too much of them, that we lose sight of the benefits we would gain if we were to become healthy.

Ultimately, our health suffers.

Sounds hopeless?

Nope. Not at all. The situation is not hopeless.

It just requires that you make a commitment…a 100% commitment…to yourself.

Once you do that, the rest is a heck of a lot easier.


Photo credit: Stanley Bronstein

Stanley F. Bronstein is an attorney, CPA, broker, author, and Main Street Vegan Academy graduate. Thirty-five years ago, he was an eighteen-year-old college freshman who weighed nearly 300 pounds, later maxing out at 367 pounds. Now he weighs 130 pounds, done without drugs or surgeries—just hard work and determination.

Stanley is married, lives in Arizona, and has authored multiple self-help books. He’s become a catalyst for change who’s devoted his life to helping others to change for the better. You can connect with Stanley through his websites, The Way of Excellence and Stanley Beat Obesity; Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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