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Why We Are Failing At Weight Loss
by Sally Symonds, weight loss coach and author of “50 Steps to Lose 50kg . . . And Keep It Off”, “50+ Recipes to Lose 50kg . . . And Keep It Off” & “50 Ways to Weight Loss That Actually Work”
Losing weight is easily the most popular of all New Year’s resolutions.
However, studies show that 96% of people who lose weight regain it all again - and more - within two years.
So why are we all going so horribly wrong?
We don’t think long term when it comes to weight loss.
Most people know to beware of “lose fat fast” schemes – but even concepts such as 12 week challenges don’t really foster a long term approach.
It doesn’t matter how many calories you burn in 12 weeks – it matters how many calories you burn in 12 x 12 x 12 x 2.5 weeks (or your whole lifetime).
Everyone wants to lose fat fast – but the fastest way to lose weight is to do it once, do it in a way that teaches you how to keep it off forever and then never have to do it again!
We try the same thing over and over again and expect different results.
It was Einstein who said that this is the very definition of insanity.
Generally, when people want to lose weight the first thing they do is to go on a diet (in my second book I go into detail about why diets don’t work for our minds, or our bodies).
But what’s actually happened over the years is that people have become so accustomed to failing at weight loss that they’ve lost confidence in the fact that it is possible to lose weight – and keep it off.
But instead of losing confidence in ourselves we really should be losing confidence in all the generic weight loss plans and programs.
They are all pretty much the same – set a smart goal, set a goal weight, tell the world you’re going to lose weight etc., and they all work well in theory – but on a practical and psychological level they fail dismally.
Don’t just think outside of the box – toss the box away!
From today, try to forget all you think you know about weight loss, and believe that you can do this.
We don’t take control of our weight ourselves. A
s soon as we allow someone else to tell us what to do (eat these meals, do these exercises etc) we are putting them in control of our lives.
Your weight is your responsibility and the only person who is an expert in your own life is YOU!
Only you know what is going to work for you on a practical and psychological level; whereas almost everyone knows what works physically (eat better and exercise more!)
Taking control of your weight loss yourself allows you to develop a sense of mastery and motivation.
We think that weight loss is all about deprivation and discomfort.
The secret to keeping weight off once you’ve lost it lies in how you lose it in the first place.
The journey is as important as the destination.
If you hate the changes that you have to make to your life while you are losing weight there’s just no way that you will continue to keep those changes in your life once you’ve reached your goal weight.
Exercise will always be hard on the muscles, but it can be easy on the mind.
Once you’ve discovered how to do that – then transforming yourself from an exercise loather to an exercise-lover is a cinch!
Once again, throw the box away applies here.
It may take trial and error to find the exercise that you can grow to love, but there is definitely something out there for you.
The old “feel the burn” mentality has a lot to answer for – and the fitness industry wonders why it only impacts upon about 10% of the population!
We call it a lifestyle change.
Now, it is a lifestyle change, but that term has just become so much of a ‘cliché’ that as soon as we hear it we neatly file it away in our mental filing cabinet never to be looked at again.
In labelling it we’ve successfully managed to dismiss a whole range of behaviours without proper examination.
Unless you’re hit by a truck (or something like that) you don’t one day wake up and think, “I’m going to make a lifestyle change” – it’s a step by step process –that’s what I did and that’s what I wrote about in my first book.
For more information on how to lose weight . . . and keep it off . . visit www.sallysymonds.com.au