Achieve your weight loss goals by overcoming: 1. Poor body image, 2. Emotional eating, 3. Comparing, 4. Don't put you first, 5. No trust in yourself
You are not alone.
More than half of dieters who lost weight regained it within two years, and by five years more than 80% was regained, according to a recent study in the Obesity Medicine Journal of the Medical Clinics of North America.
Dieters increasingly think sustainable weight loss is impossible, and have given up (49% in 1990 vs. 56% in 2017), according to a study published in the Journal of The American Medical Association.
In my opinion, this happens because people keep trying the same type of quick-fix, restrictive, punitive, impossible to sustain plans, or they fall for other simplistic solutions that have failed time and time again; such as:
“ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS EAT LESS AND MOVE MORE”, or
“YOU NEED TO COUNT CALORIES/MACROS/WEIGH YOUR FOOD”, etc, etc.
I am here to tell you that IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE.
And I am here to tell you what it IS POSSIBLE: YOU can figure out what is standing between you and the happy healthy body you CAN achieve.
As a Coach, I can tell you that my clients who struggle do so for a multitude of different reasons, all of which are real and valid, and all of which we can push through with hard work.
Whatever your barriers, you can overcome them and find your way to a healthier you.
Where to start?
You need to be in the right frame of mind to do it. When we talk about “willpower” and “focus,” we’re talking about your mental game. The hard truth is that before you get your body healthy, you have to get your head healthy.
Can you relate to any of these?
A poor body image has been proven to keep people from fully committing to weight loss. If you don’t feel good about yourself, you are much more likely to give up before you get to your goal. To improve your body image, first try focusing on your best qualities and accentuate those. For everything else, concentrate on small wins. You do not have to be at goal weight to have a great haircut or wear an awesome pair of new boots! Be as kind to yourself as you are to others.
This is a huge topic but let's touch on it here.
If you look for food to make you feel better in times of trouble, you are going to gain weight. Because you are using food to solve a problem that it CAN NOT SOLVE.
And you can bet your booty that will propel you to eat more.
To stop emotional eating, you’ve got to become more aware and connected to your body. When you’re more aware, you understand why you’re eating at any particular moment, you ditch some of those irrational beliefs around food, eating, weight, your body, and self-care, and you'll find you are able to stop yourself. You’ll get to the point where you will feel that need for food diminishing.
Simply, when you compare yourself to others, you lose. Occasionally, comparisons can boost your ego or motivate you to work harder, but most often, comparisons result in a disastrous assault on your ego, an attack that YOU instigated. Focus on you. There is no one like you. No one else lives in your body or your life. Don’t worry about the other person or what may have worked for them.
Even the airlines will tell you: in an emergency, before you can save someone else, you have to put on your own oxygen mask. You will be better able to do your job, love your family, and be a friend if you take care of you first. Move yourself to the top of your priority list.
If you don’t believe you can lose the weight, you won’t. You’ll make excuses to skip exercising and eating better. The stories you tell yourself will become self-fulfilling prophecies.
Weight loss isn't all that complicated, when you look at how the human body works. What IS complicated is how you approach it, and whether you can stick with it long-term, because it WILL WORK if you do.
To blast through your mental barriers, you’ve got to learn to love yourself and that means knowing yourself, seeing yourself as you really are, and being willing to nurture yourself the way you would anyone else you love.
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