The REAL Secret to Losing Weight

The REAL Secret To Losing Weight

The REAL Secret To Losing Weight

There is so much more to losing weight then WHAT TO EAT and HOW MUCH EXERCISE you need. Lets have a heart to heart and be honest….. everywhere you go there are diet tips to help you cut calories, and exercises classes that will help you burn fat. So why can’t you lose weight or why do you lose weight and then gain it back and then plus some extra pounds. Why do you always play with the same 10 or 30 pounds? Feeling great and motivated at the beginning and then  falling off the wagon and going back to your old habits. Your sister lost weight cutting out carbs, your brother went gluten free, your coworker joined a boot camp class, and your neighbor is replacing meals with shakes.

There is an abundance of information available and not all of it is bad. Many of the suggestions and diets are coming from a source that is genuinely trying to help us as Americans lower our obesity rate that has climbed to one-third of U.S adults being obese. And since our younger kids can not drive a car to a grocery store or allowed to use a stove to cook a meal you can imagine this influences our youth obesity rate. Obesity increases risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancers.

What are all of the diet/nutrition suggestions doing to us? It doesn’t have to be considered a “fad” if it cuts calories too low or doesn’t encourage the appropriate percentages of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. Leaving us with:

  1. Lower metabolisms.
  2. Malnourished from neglecting us of the proper nutrients needed for all our systems to function properly.
  3. Feeling like failures and incapable of losing weight when the lifestyle is simply not attainable.

What is wrong with you? Why can others lose weight and you can’t?! Let me put your mind at ease….NOTHING is wrong with you. You haven’t tapped into the emotional piece, habits that have been created over time and learned how to break them. How about your support system? Do you have the proper support from other people who have gone through the same thing? Not just those who want to lose weight and want you to join their team for the biggest loser competition at work. But from those who are like minded who care for others more than themselves, essentially robbing yourself from living the life you were meant to. Do you understand why you choose food, the effects it has on your mind and body, why you overeat food, and why you know what you should do to lose the weight but just can’t stop over consuming calories? Feeling like there is something wrong with you and that you don’t have the same willpower or discipline others who are losing weight is very common. Don’t let this discourage you, instead get the proper help. Here are some tips to get you started to developing a plan that will help you be successful.

  1. Find a support group. This can be friends, family or better yet a support group that meets consistently and is dedicated to weight loss and physical activity.
  2. Start taking notes or logging your food. After each meal log how you feel after eating it, sluggish, energized, bloated, etc.
  3. Talk with someone who can help you understand the emotional aspect of eating and how to make small changes.
  4. Find a way to track progression. Start with small goals you can accomplish every week.
  5. Think positive! The road to weight loss is undeniably long so you might as well be positive and enjoy the journey!

Live a more fulfilled and content life,