There are many secrets to losing weight.
The diet industry would have you believe that the secret is a pill. Take this green tea extract pill and lose weight. No? Try Alli and lose weight. No? Ok, try this antioxidant stuffed pill! On and on it goes! There are new pills coming out all the time!! I have bad news for you pill poppers- pills do not equal long term weight loss. Xenedrine may work for body builders for a short time, but at tremendous risk to their hearts. People die from taking that stuff. The lose might lose weight, but the also lose their life. Not a good trade off.
The fitness industry would have you believe that the secret to weight loss is having the latest and greatest workout DVD! Richard Simmons, Jane Fonda, Buns of Steel, Jillian Michaels, P90X, Insanity….yet, none of these will equal long term weight loss either. Why? Because you can’t exercise your way to weight loss long term if you do not address the nutrition/emotional side of weight loss. Fitness is important, but you can’t workout a lot and eat the same and expect different results. It doesn’t work that way.
The food industry would have you believe that you need more whole grains. That way, you get enough fiber to keep you regular. Or, if you are Celiac (like most people are finding they are or that they are sensitive to grains), you should eat more fruits and veggies (except, how many people eat more fruit thinking they are doing their body a favor….). This still wont work because if you are trying to live by what someone else tells you for your body, you will not lose weight long term. You have to do the hard work of figuring out for yourself what works for YOU.
So, by now you’re probably thinking, ok Kim, give it up. What are the 3 secrets??
1) You have to know what you want. If you don’t know what you want specifically, then you cannot create goals or have anything to measure success or keep you motivated. You may want to lose weight, but be more specific. Why do you want to lose weight? How much? Why that specific amount? What will you be able to do that you can’t do now? How will you feel if you lose weight? What will change? You have to figure out what you want and why you want it before you can expect to make lasting change.
2) You have to be ready and wanting to change. You can want to lose weight, but if you’re not ready to lose weight, it will be an uphill battle that you will more than likely quit. The clients that I see having success are tired of being where they are at and are ready for change. They know what they want and they want to work hard to get there.
3) You need help. Whether this comes from a nutrition consultant, a health coach, a personal trainer, a support group- you need help. You cannot expect to do it on your own. You must have a support system and someone who knows what they are doing and understands your body to help guide you through the process. It can be messy when you start to break old habits and make changes. It can be overwhelming when you think about grocery shopping differently and planning meals can seem like your worst nightmare. Having help makes the transition time easier and can help make those changes stick.
Employing these three secrets can help create long lasting weight loss for life. If you are tired of trying and failing, reach out to someone. Don’t waste another dollar on DVDs or pills. I am so lucky to spend my days helping people walk through this journey and I know what it takes to make weight loss happen. So, if you find yourself or someone you know in this place, let me know. My contact info is on the top of this page.
It’s time. Are you ready?