The next few blogs will focus on the most common emotional mistakes people make in their efforts to loss weight. Today will focus on how to successfully lose weight for life.
You’ve had some success with Weight Watchers or a low-fat or low carb diet, but now you’ve stalled. The novelty of losing weight has worn off and now work and home life has caused you to lose focus in your efforts to lose weight. This is a common mistake, it’s because you tried to fit your life into your diet instead of making your diet part of your life.
Mae West once said, “knowing what you want is the first step to getting it”. The top two reasons people want to lose weight is for health and appearances. Those are powerful reasons but keeping them front and center means addressing the issues that caused the weight gain in the first place.
What Works In Losing Weight
If you look at the National Weight Loss Registry that tracks participants who have lost at least 30 pounds for over a year, you’ll find that most maintain a low-calorie, low-fat diet and get an hour of physical activity – usually walking – a day. Some have kept their weight off for over 65 years and have lost as much as 300 pounds! Other findings are that participants tend to weigh themselves weekly, limit TV to no more than ten hours a week and eat breakfast daily.
How To Fit Weight Loss Into Your Life
There’s no getting around it. Examining the patterns that lead to your weight gain is essential for lasting weight loss. Yes, you’ll mourn some of those habits, but your weight will come right back on if you don’t address them. The following are the three most common causes I’ve seen for weight derailment:
- Not putting enough value in a good night’s sleep. People try to stretch the day by staying up late to finish watching a ball game, a late night show or playing internet games. Before you know it, it’s been three or four hours since dinner and those high-fat, high calorie munchies in the kitchen are soon in your hand. So not only to you go to bed full, but you wake up tired and not hungry for breakfast. Lack of sleep is associated with a decrease in the hunger-blocking hormone Leptin, and an increase in the hunger-producing hormone Ghrelin. Insufficient sleep causes weight gain. Furthermore, waking up tired is not exactly conducive to wanting to work up a sweat. At least during the work week make it a priority to get to bed at a decent hour, before you would be naturally hungry and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep.
- Develop a hobby instead of watching TV. There is nothing more mind-numbing than watching TV. And with all the food advertisements, it heightens the desire for snacking. When you mind is busy, it’s off food. Besides, having a hobby is a great way to cope with stress and boredom – the two most common reasons for non-hungry eating.
- Not believing in yourself. Losing weight is not a sprint, it’s a lifelong marathon. Anyone can lose weight quickly through a fad diet, but keeping it off means believing that you are strong, that you have willpower and that you are worth making the changes to the nonfood parts of your life that will help keep the unhealthy habits out of your life. There will always be temptations, but they also diminish in intensity. Have faith that you are strong enough to get through those moments and focus on what you are gaining.
Change Your Life And You Will Have Lasting Weight Loss Success
Losing weight begins with a strong foundation of getting to the root cause of your weight gain and going from there. It’s not a diet, it’s a new way of living your life for the rest of your life. It’s learning how to adjust your life in order to fit lasting weight loss, not fitting your life into a temporary diet.